In the late 1800’s, Cuba was fighting for its independence and striving to break free from Spain’s control. On February 28, 1898, the U.S.S Maine mysteriously exploded, which was stationed on the coast of Cuba. This led to the U.S involvement in the Spanish-American War. There were many economic reasons why the U.S joined this war, however, there was nothing significant that would require their involvement. The U.S was already keeping a close eye on the battle between the other two nations; waiting for a reason to intervene.
Any boat that came near them would be targeted. Many Americans were on board the British ship. Britain knew how dangerous it was to set sail, and warned the captain(Lusitania par 5). People disagreed with that and stated that the Lusitania was too fast and big to be targeted by the Germans (Sinking 17). Germany and Britain had been at war for just about a year when the Lusitania sunk (Ballard par 4).
The Cubans wanted independence from Spain because they believe that they were under control of an imperial master, also foreign affairs such as the Wilson-Gorman Tarriff sent Cuban economy spiraling into turmoil. The Wilson-Gorman Tarriff Act put restrictions on sugar imports to the United States to meet the congressional demands for free sugar. Sadly, this hurt Cubans because they relied heavily on producing and selling sugar to the United States. The on rising violence of the Cuban rebellion between Spain and Cuba during 1898 lead to president McKinley trying to get Spain to agree to a diplomatic solution but ended up requesting American intervention when the situation worsened. This called for naval intervention so the government sent over
On January 19, 1917, British intelligence intercepted a telegram sent by Arthur Zimmermann, a German Foreign Minister, to Mexico City. The “Zimmermann Telegram” promised Mexico that Germany would help Mexico get back the territory it had lost to the United States during the Mexican-American War if Mexico would become Allie to Germany. Originally the British were not going to release the telegram to the U.S. but after Germany’s continuation of unrestricted submarine warfare in February, Great Britain decided to use the telegram to help sway U.S. officials and U.S. public opinion to join the war, this is why this event was significant to the U.S. joining the war. But Wilson waited until March 20 before assembling a Cabinet meeting to discuss the telegram, almost a month after he had first seen the
How did the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941 turn the tide against the Japanese during World War 2? Japan began their deadly attack on the U.S pacific fleet moored at pearl harbour on the pacific island of Oahu, at 07:55, December 7 1941. This attack turned the tide on Japan because war had not yet been declared between the two countries and up until that point, America enters the war after years of neutrality. “Although quick in execution, the attacks years.’’[Source B] Japan relied on America to supply many of the natural and industrial resources, but taken aback and alarmed by Japan’s aggression towards them, America allowed the commercial treaty they had with japan dating back thirty one years, to expire in 1940. [source B] Japan was looking
The people of Havana have been thrown into a state of panic after the explosion shook the city. The Maine had previously been sent to Cuba to protect the interests of Americans after rebellion broke out against Spanish rule in Havana in January. The warship weighed more than 6,000 tons and was built at a cost of more than $2 million. It is believed that Spain is the perpetrator of the incident, but nothing has been declared official. Assistant Secretary Roosevelt is convinced the destruction of the warship was destroyed by the enemy.
(History 2014) The Germans started sinking more and more supplies ships. During WWI Germany had sank a cruise ship sinking 128 American Civilians demonstrating their new U-boat submarine powers. With Germany 's unrestricted naval warfare against the U.S. supply ships the U.S. started escorting them with battleships and once the war started they began sinking the germans naval
The Spanish and American War: The war began in 1898. There was conflict between Spain and the United States. The war started when Cuba wanted to become an independent country and did not want to be ruled by Spain no more. The Cubans rebelled against Spain and Spain tried to stop the rebellion as fast as they could. The United States got into the when the USS Maine was unexplainably sunk down into the ocean.
This battle occurred on May 31 1916. It was the biggest naval battle in WW1 between the Royal Navy and the German Navy at Jutland, Denmark. The battle had been fought because the German navy wanted to get easy access to the Atlantic ocean, but the Royal Navy did not want it to let pass because the UK needed to commerce on the Atlantic and it fought Germany could ruin this situation. Germany decided to fight Britain with as many battleships and submarines as possible. Room 40 understood the coded message which mentioned this battle so the UK deployed its forces in time and and Germany lost the surprise effect.
But secretly the Cubans used American ports to carry arms and supplies to keep some people alive. The Spanish governor tried to stop the Americans from helping the Cubans but the Americans had too much sympathy for the Cubans. On January 5, 1898, the American ship the Maine was anchored in Havana Harbor. On February 15, she was destroyed by an explosion. People claimed that the Maine was destroyed by a mine, a Spanish ship.
Spanish, Cuban, and American diplomats were meeting up quietly to try and solve their differences. It could have worked if the Maine hadn’t sailed into Havana, Cuba. The Maine was a U.S. battleship that was sent to pick up American citizens if there was any trouble. Suddenly, the ship exploded. 260 American sailors were killed and we blamed it on Spain.