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The American Empire started taking shape when the US started enforcing the Monroe Doctrine in 1895 to assert its control over Latin America America was just starting to build a navy that could compete with other world powers It wouldnt have the chance to show off these powers until the Spanish-American War America was outraged with the inhumain way Spain was treating the Cubans Civilians were being locked up in prison camps and dying by the thousands as punishment for a Cuban guerrilla revolt The Sinking of the US Battleship The Maine further infuriated the American pubic and Spain declared war on April 24 1898 The fist battle was fought across the world in the Philippines On May 1st 1898 Commordore Deweys fleet cornered the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay and destroyed it With this decisive victory America saw its chance to gain a valuable foothold in the Asian market by controlling the Philippines Hawaii was annexed within months due to it being the halfway point to the Philippines Americas empire was growing faster than anyone predicted Spain eventually surrendered in Cuba giving it up and ceded Puerto Rico and Guam to the United States Before the war America wanted Europe to know it had no intention of fighting this war to gain territory On the other hand when war came McKinley saw it as a opportunity During the war he wrote privately While we are conducting war and until its conclusion we must keep all we get when the war is over we must keep what we want McKinley 593 At home the public didnt advocate colonial rule over large populations such as the Philippines it was European-style imperialism Spain ceded The Philippines to the US for 20 million dollars in the Treaty of Paris The treaty was barley ratified in February 1899 by the Senate in a two-thirds vote with one to spare The Senates indecisiveness indicates the anti-expansionist anti-empirical feelings
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