Spanish American War Research Paper

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The united states declared war on Spain in April of 1898 over the issue of human rights violations in Cuba, that war lasted a mere four months, within a year the united states found themselves in yet another war, this time against the Philippines. Why did the United States find themselves in another war when one just ended? Americans who advocated annexation had a variety of motivations. First the desire for commercial opportunities in Asia, the second reason was that they thought the Filipinos were incapable of self-rule, and the third reason was the fear that if the United States did not take control of the islands another power would (office of the Historian, the Philippine-American war, 1899-1902) The Spanish-American war marked the final stage in a thirty-year struggle for independence, in 1868 Cubans seeking to expel from Spain and regain control, staged a revolt for independence, when reports of war cruelty in Cuba reached America rumors of suffering, starvation and thousands of deaths in Spanish camps. Americans held rallies, food drives, and fund-raisers for…show more content…
America wanted to get in before another country could take control. But the whole time they were doing this they never thought about the Filipinos that lived there never thought about how this would affect them and change their lives. The Filipinos had just gotten out of a battle fighting for their independence from Spain and did not want to be controlled by a different country, instead of going in there and taking control the United States should have tried to trade with them. As William Jennings Bryan said “It is not necessary to own people in order to trade with
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