Spanish American Imperialism

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At the end of the Spanish-American War, in 1898, The United States of America acquired many new territories and protectorates, making it a global colonial power. America was able to achieve Cuba, Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico as protectorates as an outcome of the Spanish-American War. Other nations were also occupied by America. America was able to do this through imperialism; when a nation expands its influence and power through economic, military, and diplomatic means. One way America was able to have power in other countries was through military means. A major example on this was the Spanish-American War itself. As noted in the summary notes, “The Spanish-American was fought over influence- It was about imperialist and expansionist drives.” The United States went into war because it wanted to have more influence and power over the Caribbean. The United States did not go to war with Spain with the sole purpose of helping Cuba gain independence. The oppressive treatment of the Spaniards to the Cubans was only used to justify going into war. The U.S was the victor of the Spanish-American War because they were closer to Cuba and had a larger navy than Spain. This victory meant that the U.S was able to attain the islands in the Caribbean through the Treaty of Paris. This Treaty gave Guam,…show more content…
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