On april 25, 1898 the united states declared war on spain following the sinking of the battleship maine in havana harbor on february 15, 1898 the war ended with the signing of the treaty of paris on december 10, 1898. The spanish-american war, 1898 the spanish-american war of 1898 ended spain's colonial empire in the western hemisphere and secured the position of the united states as a pacific power. Uss maine (acr-1) was an american naval ship that sank in havana harbor during the cuban revolt against spain, an event that became a major political issue in the united states commissioned in 1895, this was the first united states navy ship to be named after the state of maine. The maine's sinking remains the most enduring mystery of the spanish-american war one of mckinley's riskiest appointments was teddy roosevelt, as assistant secretary of the navy. On december 12, 1898, the treaty of paris was signed between the united states and spain, officially ending the spanish-american war and granting the united states its first overseas empire with.
A war between spain and the united states in 1898, as a result of which spain ceded puerto rico, the philippine islands, and guam to the united states and abandoned all claim to cuba, which became independent in 1902 manila bay - a naval battle in the spanish-american war (1898) the american fleet. Battle of manila bay, (may 1, 1898), defeat of the spanish pacific fleet by the us navy, resulting in the fall of the philippines and contributing to the final us victory in the spanish-american war. The spanish american war was fought between the united states and spain in 1898 the war was fought largely over the independence of cuba major battles took place in the spanish colonies of cuba and the philippines the war began on april 25, 1898 when the united states declared war on spain the.
The immediate assumption was that the sinking of the maine and the concomitant deaths of 260 sailors was the result of spanish treachery although no conclusive results have ever been proven, many americans had already made up their minds, demanding an immediate declaration of war. The american congress had already authorised the use of armed force and the united states formally declared war on april 25th it was a singularly unequal contest an american fleet under commodore dewey annihilated a spanish fleet in manila bay in the philippines with casual ease on may 1st (the total american butcher's bill was seven wounded. Between the end of the spanish-american war and the dawn of the great depression, the united states sent troops to latin american countries thirty-two times it used the roosevelt corollary, or addition, to the monroe doctrine to justify intervention.
Did the german empire consider grabbing up the spanish sahara while spain was embroiled in the spanish-american war how is the spanish-american war taught and remembered in spain (if at all) what is the reason why the spanish-american war started. The spanish-american war was a war between the united states and spain in 1898 it all started with an explosion inside the uss maine in the havana harbor this would get america involved in the cuban war of independence , allowing cuba to be free of spain. The spanish-american war was an 1898 conflict between the united states and spain that ended spanish colonial rule in the americas and resulted in us acquisition of territories in the western. Battleship uss maine, at anchor the explosion in havana harbor that sank the maine helped precipitate the spanish-american war credit: wikimedia commons on april 11, 1898, two months after the battleship uss maine was destroyed by an explosion in havana harbor, president mckinley sent a.
The spanish american war newspaper continued to describe that in remembering the maine (meaning the uss maine that sank in havana harbor and was a catalyst for the war), commodore dewey and his troops obliterated 11 spanish warships, captured spanish forts at manila, and didn't lose a single american life. Knowledge of the spanish-american war is clouded, at best, in modern memory most americans know that the uss maine blew up and sank in havana harbor in 1898, and that the united states soon afterwards declared war on spain, fighting to free cuba with the motto, remember the maine . Fought between april and august 1898, the spanish-american war was the result of american concern over spanish treatment of cuba, political pressures, and anger over the sinking of uss maine though president william mckinley had wished to avoid war, american forces moved swiftly once it began.
If you are interested in books, videos, cd's etc related to the spanish american war, simply type in spanish american war as the keyword and click on go to get a list of titles available through amazoncom. The evidence is pretty conclusive that the sinking of the uss maine in havana harbor was in fact a terrible accident battleships naturally need to carry a lot of gun propellant to shoot off those large projectiles. The spanish-american war and philippine insurrection are important conflicts in united states military history that are barely, if ever, mentioned in history classes around the country.
The spanish-american war was a four-month conflict between spain and the united states, provoked by word of spanish colonial brutality in cuba although the war was largely brought about by the efforts of us expansionists, many americans supported the idea of freeing an oppressed people controlled by the spanish. Spanish-american war for kids william mckinley was the 25th american president who served in office from march 4, 1897 to september 14, 1901 one of the important events during his presidency was the spanish-american war. Using the introduction from a complete history of the spanish-american war, explain how historians of the time viewed this conflict in contrast with how historians today view this conflict.