Other countries besides the U.S. had lands around the world. One ofthose was Spain-which is a country in Europe that borders France and Portugal. Spain had owned lands in the western hemisphere since their explorer Columbus first found the islands south of Florida and claimed them for the country!
At one time, Spain owned Mexico and all of South America(which is why the people there speak Spanish). They even owned Florida and Alabama and other parts of the Southeast and Southwest U.S. at one time.Mexico South America Alabama FLORIDA
Some of those lands were close to theUnited States such as Cuba and Puerto Rico.
When Cubans began to demand freedom/independence from their mother country of Spain the Spanish government smashed them andkilled many and burned many of their crops and businesses. Caution: Dead bodies in a pit below.
The leaders of Spain’s government in Cubatossed thousands of Cuban people in jail for revolting against them!
Many Americans felt sorry for our neighbors –the Cubanpeople and some wanted the U.S. to help them. President William McKinley refused to get involved in Cuba’s business at first.
American business owners and the U.S. government became angry when American sugar and tobaccoplantations in Cuba were being destroyed. The U.S. made a LOT of money from their businesses in Cuba.
The United States Ship: The Maine photographed here in January of 1898 was sent by U.S. President McKinley to Cuba to “protect”American lives and property. One month later it would be blown up and destroyed!!!
When the Maine exploded, 260 American sailors died and manyassumed that the Spanish army in Cuba was responsible. Fact is, itcould have been an accident and some even say the U.S. may have exploded it themselves to get the war started!
This is what was left of the Maine after the explosion.
U.S. newspapers blamed Spain without any proof!!!!Outrageous lies were told to American citizens about the event to sell more newspapers. This is called “Yellow Journalism” and it is bad….m’kay?
Americans were furious that Spain would destroy a U.S. ship! A new battle cry was begun in the States: “Remember the Maine!”With enough public support for a war with Spain, Congress declaredwar on them April 25, 1898. Notice the name of this history channel DVD. Birth of a WHAT?
COULD AMERICA HAVE *gasp!* WANTEDA WAR WITH SPAIN? YA THINK? WHY???
Here’s a short 4 minute video on thebeginning of the Spanish-American War and how it all began..• http://www.unitedstreaming.com/search/assetD**THE FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE IN CUBA…