The Ten Year War: The Spanish American War

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Pre-Event: Demands by Cuban patriots for independence from Spanish rule made U.S. intervention in Cuba a more important issue in the relations between the United States and Spain from the 1870s to 1898. One of the reasons why the Spanish American War happened was because of the 10 Years War fought between Cuba and Spain for Cuba’s independence (http://www.infoplease.com). The Ten Year War started in 1868 and ended in 1878 because of the lack of happiness in Cuba because of excessive taxation, trade restrictions, and virtual exclusion of native Cubans from governmental posts. Cuba tried to revolt but ended up losing the battle and was still under control of Spain. Another reason why we started the war was because the U.S support of Cuba’s
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