McKinley Shamed as an Insolent Fool Scandal has erupted in McKinley’s infant presidency, as Spanish Ambassador Enrigue Depuy de Lome expressed his rather harsh views on our “Leader of the Free World”. He declares President McKinley as weak and simple-minded, as his foreign involvement in Cuba grows tiresome. The letter has been intercepted and released to the public between its intended course to the Foreign Minister of Spain. USS Maine Blown to Shreds by Spanish The U.S. battleship, USS Maine, was stationed in Cuba’s Havana Harbor.
They greeted the war initiatives in the hope that it would open more opportunities and help recover the economic condition. President McKinley’s objectives, on the other hand, were not for colony, just expansion of the spheres of influence for the sake of trade and commerce. He wanted at least a foothold in Philippines so that he could make Manila Bay part of a chain of bases-Hawaii, Guam, Wake- across the Pacific Ocean that could serve as a stepping stone to China and a center of U.S. power in the Western Pacific. After accomplishing this objective, the United States adopted ‘Open Door Policy’ to China along with imperial power England and Russia. Meanwhile, he adopted big-stick diplomacy in the Caribbean. 2.13 Roosevelt’s Corollary & Big Stick Diplomacy 1901-1909
President William Mckinley Asks for War to Liberate Cuba, 1898 I have selected the document “President William Mckinley Asks for War to Liberate Cuba, 1898”. This is the type of primary document. The author of this document is President William McKinley. The author is speaking to Congress so the audience of this document is the members of the Congress of time 1898. President William McKinley starts his announcement by disclosing to Congress what the issue is and what he might want to be finished.
Due to the aid of the United States and their attribution to the independence of Cuba in the Spanish-American War helped build a relationship with Latin America, however, the ongoing interference of the United States caused a development of rivalry among Cuban nationalists. The United States grew interested in the Cuban struggle through what is known to be yellow journalism, which over accentuated stories to sell more copies of their newspapers and overall caused an interest to assist Cuba in their fight for independence. Although this was a narcissistic approach to sell more copies of their newspapers, it prompted the American public to become more aware of Cuban circumstances which later escalated when the battleship USS Maine was sent to
Imperialism In American Policy After reading these sections in Voices of Freedom the sense of conquering came to me. Seeming as if the United States was in a state of becoming the strongest and securest country at the time. The United States economy needed foreign markets to other words keep alive and progress as a country. Seemed like the federal government was under pressure to secure its power. Also be a prestige country in the world.
The American-Spanish war was caused by several long terms causes, which could be grouped into humanitarian and economic reasons. Regarding the humanitarian concerns, the Americans sympathized with the condition of Cuban as a result of the Spain’s colonization. Specifically, the Americans were so upset with General Valeriano Weyler who put the Cuban population into reconcentration camp (Reconcentrado) in order to stop the Cuban’s uprising. In this concentration camp, 25% of Cuba’s population died from disease, starvation, and brutal treatment form Spanish soldiers. The news about the Weyler’s barbarous actions were hyped by Yellow Journalism by exaggerating and twisting the news headlines, arousing more sympathies from the Americans toward Cubans.
Imperialism was a controversial idea that a nation can extend its power outward through means of diplomatic or military force. This often results in a shift of power from one major force currently in control to another. The people of that nation under control conflict may also experience wars, rebellions, or cultural destruction. Looking at some of these events, we see some positives and negatives of imperialistic action taken by the United States, and how it affected the nations imperialized by the United States. For starters, let’s look at Hawaii’s annexation.
Spain announced that they were going to limit Cuba’s self-government, but the United States responded by declaring that Cuba had the right to independence and demanded the withdrawal of Spanish forces from Cuba. For economic and strategic reasons, the United States had the public’s support of this war. The US people embraced the idea of freeing an oppressed population of people controlled by Spain. The United States was also interested in the sugar industry in Cuba. Cuba actually traded more with the United States than with Spain.
Colonialism and Imperialism affected our world both positively and negatively. On one hand, Imperialism has often been linked with racial segregation, manipulation, and hardship. On the other, it has been said that many colonial powers contributed much in terms of schools, roads, railways, and much more. Whether this time period was constructive or harmful, it has played a large part in shaping our lives today. European Imperialism started long before the 1800’s.
The news of Maine explosion was everywhere. American newspapers accuse Spanish of blowing up of Maine. Yellow journalism accuse Spanish of Maine explosion with
Spain once was a great world power but like always every good thing has to come to an end. To this day they still remember the great times they once had with Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. Even though it may have seemed great, some of the residents in cuba wanted freedom instead of dictatorship. As Spain was putting out their monstrous newspapers with all of the new exciting atrocities even if made up the people would gobble up the stories. The stories scared the americans and basically made them scream for war against spain.
The U.S.S Maine American battleship exploded in the Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898. Spain are the ones to blame, they are our enemy, they want to destroy our properties. They killed 268 men approximately at 9:40pm. Spain abandoned 200 bodies to be recovered and left 76 to be identified as if they wanted it to be a sign to fear them. They are declaring war on us, we need to fight back.
As America became a great power, it has continued its legacy of territorial expansionism through neo-imperialist policies. Aside from acquiring land and expanding American territory, the United States has established policies that have allowed direct and often indirect military and political control, economic exploitation, and the introduction of American ideals. The U.S. has justified this form of colonialism by claiming that it is for mutual economic pursuits, the spreading of democracy, and the establishment of stable governments in developing countries. Despite America’s noble causes, American imperialism has caused many repercussions. The United States should cease to be an imperialist power as it is economically damaging to countries under its rule, costly to America, violates the fundamental American principle of self-governance, and exacerbates social and political situations in countries America has tampered with.
After defeating Spain in 1898 war by the United States and Cuba, Spain left Cuba and U.S. forces occupied Cuba until 1902. In 1902 the United States decided to give Cuba the independence under certain condition that the United States had the right to interfere in Cuba. In the late 1800s the United States had control over the Cuban sugar industry and was purchasing 87 percent of Cuba’s exports. Also many American celebrities and tourists were visiting Havana’s resorts and casinos in the 1950s. Through Fulgencio Batista era, Cuba and the United States cooperated and the relations were stable among the countries.
The aim of this essay is discussing the Spanish-American War, looking at the causes of the war, the winner, as well as the consequences. The war began as Cuba struggled to gain its independence from Spain. Through this time, the U.S journalists published the brutal ways Spain used in fighting the Cubans. The U.S thus developed a growing interest in coming up with an intervention for saving the Cubans from the brutality of Spain.