Spanish-American War (202 words)
Historical Context Note
- Spanish fleet defeated at Manila Bay in the Philippines (Context)
- US forces capture Manila (Context)
- US naval victory at Santiago (Context)
- US ultimatum to Spain to relinquish authority in Cuba (Context)
- USA invades Puerto Rico (Context)
- USA takes Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam from Spain (Context)
- USS Maine Destroyed (Context)
The Spanish-American war had its genesis in the Cuban struggle for independence. Americans public were thereafter galvanized by reports of Spanish repression. When the USS Maine was mysteriously destroyed in the Havana harbour on 15 February, Americans grew even more insistent that intervention was required. After a brief period of saber0rattling and bellicose negotiations, the U.S. Congress declared Cuba's right to independence and the immediate withdrawal of Spanish military forces from the island. On 24 April, Spain declared war on the United States. A U.S. declaration of war followed on 25 April. What followed was a completely one-sided affair, as the U.S. soundly trounced the undermanned and underprepared Spanish armed forces. On 1 …1028 Spanish-American War 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.
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Editors. "Spanish-American War". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 January 2009
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