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THESIS The United States didnt want to get involved in the Spanish-American War but was draggedinto it due to yellow journalism they wanted to control the seas and wanted complete control over CubaFor 113 days during the summer of 1898 the United States was at war with Spain Neither thepresident of the United States nor his cabinet nor the the queen of Spain nor her ministers wanted thewar wanted the war It happened eventhough they made their best efforts to prevent it It happenedbecause of ambition miscalculation and stupidity and it happened because of kindness wit andresourcefulness It also happened because some were indifferent to the suffering of the worlds wretchedBy winning the war the United States proved the the rest of the world and to itself that it couldand would fight against foreign nations For many years world power had been concentrated in thecountries in Europe Nations such as Great Britain France Germany and Spain had the most influencein global affairs But a shift in power was gradually taking place as the United States matured Theyoung nation gained wealth and strength Its population grew immensely and many people believed itwould become a major world power Bachrach 11Spain was one of the many European countries that had territory in the United States Spaincontrolled mostly some islands off the coast of Central America The most important of these were Cubaand Puerto Rico The United States was led to believe that the Spanish mosgoverned and abused thepeople of these islands In fact Spain did overtax and mistreat the Cubans who rebelled in 1868 andagain in 1895 Thus the American people felt sympathetic toward the Cuban independence movementIn addition Spain had frequently interfered with trade between its colonies and the United States Even though the United States had been a trading partner with Cuba since the seventeenth century Spainsometimes tried to completely stop their trade with Cuba In Spain doing so this sometimes causeddamage to US commercial
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