Spanish–American War


History Collection
Description
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; which had been sent to protect U.S. citizens and property after anti-Spanish rioting in Havana. The Spanish Government made no preparation for the distant war with the United States military, ultimately causing their defeat. The war ended through the signing of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898.  As a result, the war established the independence of Cuba, ceded Puerto Rico and Guam to the United States, and allowed the US to purchase the Philippines Islands from Spain.  
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