The Spanish-American war The Spanish-American War happened in 1898 between Spain and the United States. During the war, the Spanish colonial rule was ended in America, leading to the U.S acquiring territories in Latin America and Western Pacific. The origin of the war was Cuba’s struggle to get its independence from Spain that started in 1895. The war was a short one that lasted for four months. During this time, Spain used brutal measures in stopping the rebellion, and various sensational newspapers in the United States showed this, leading to Americans developing sympathy for the Cuban rebels.
They wanted to secure more territory than Portugal and to demonstrate their superiority through their fief. At the time, Spain was also very religiously driven and wanted to convert as many people as possible to Catholicism. Although all of these intentions seem more or less moral, it ended in millions of deaths, one of, if not the largest slave trade in all of history, and also forced millions of people under the rule of barbaric, greed soiled
The Spanish Empire was one of the greatest in the world, but after the Spanish-American War its last possession started to fade away. Now when the Spain had lost Philippines and Cuba her empire ceased to exist, Spain had also fallen behind in the industrialization process. Spanish society kept dividing into landowners and peasants. Extremist elements in society were increasingly popular, violence in politics was traditional and now and escalation to war was imminent. Spanish economy was in decline as its dependence on agriculture aggravated the effects of the Great depression on its production.
The war has left a long term effect on both sides that involved in the war. Both Spain and the United States were truly impacted by the war because the war happened unexpectedly. The Spanish-American War was not started by one event alone, but with the accumulation many events which caused the war to explode. It started with the event surrounding USS Maine, was a "second class" battleship built up for the U.S. Navy. Spain sent General “Butcher” Weyler to control the situation in Cuba, so America sent the navy battleship called
While I do not agree entirely that their actions were 'unintentional', I do believe that the negligence of the German authorities in which they did not consider the possibilities and consequences of a world war, and the incapability of them not being able to find a better solution as the situation grew worse contributed to the war. In addition to this, other countries also carried partial responsibility as well. McEvedy mentioned in his work that (1982), "And at the same time the Germans made sure that France would fight by asking for guarantees of neutrality that the French couldn't possibly give" (p.46). The Franco-Prussia War in 1870 resulted in a German victory, and France lost some of its land to German territory. Because of this recent wound, France was not willing keep neutrality against Germany.
Spanish American War There are many causes and effects of the Spanish American War, While there were many causes and effects of the war, Manifest destiny occurred during the 1800’s and was to control the natives and to obtain resources. There were four motives that helped the U.S. lead into the rebellion. These motives were political and economic, Human, and Social Darwinism. The pros of doing this are that the United states would get more money, more resources, bigger army, and more power, but the cons are that the United States could have a conflict with European countries, being disloyal to the government, and this could happen to us. We also took out Japan for trading ,Alaska for resources, Samoa for land, Hawaii to overthrow the queen,
However, the tables turned when Spanish surrendered to the U.S., which was holding the capital at the time, instead of the Filipino rebels, who were holding much of the surrounding area. The U.S. acquired Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico from the Spanish at the expense of the independence of the Filipinos (The Philippine-American War, 12/11/17). The final example of America exploiting other governments happened in Cuba. After the Spanish-American War, Cuba had been left in shambles and plunged into chaos. America used the power it gave itself in the Monroe Doctrine and Roosevelt Corollary to come into Cuba and set up a military government (America’s Changing Foreign Policy, 12/4/17).
Spanish-American War As America climbed the ranks to become an imperial powerhouse, conflicts with Spain arose. Many factors contributed to the inevitable war that broke out in 1898; five key causes are believed to have initiated the Spanish-American War, more so than others. America saw the Cuban people as harshly governed, and wished to aid them in their time of need. Journalism infamous for stirring controversy and creating conflict was convincing Americans that their enemy was irrefutably the Spanish. Cuba’s location in the Pacific was glowing with opportunities for not only business, but also strategic military.
You can 't eat it, you can 't wear it, and you can 't forge it into good weapons, build durable houses, or decent ships out of it. The vast importation of gold and silver actually devalued those metals in the European economy at the time. As previously mentioned, Spain was embroiled in a number of very costly, long-term wars. Initially, Spanish ar-mies were very advanced both in technology and tactics, but over time, their adversaries passed them by and began to defeat them. Spain lost its other European possessions and the vast sums spent sustaining those wars was
This is evident in the following extract: “Batista’s domain could be conquered by an angry, though wealthy young man, whose first putsch against the island on December 1, 1956, left him with only twelve of the original force of 93 men”. The Guardian uses this statistic to show his inability to protect those under his control. Insinuating that, if he is unable to protect his troops in battle it is definite that he will be unable to protect an entire country. Additionally, the following excerpt evidences that Castro has manipulated Cuban society, whilst “hiding in the scrub hills of Oriente Province.” This description tells the reader that Fidel Castro wasn’t serving in the best interest of the country. In fact, he was doing the opposite.