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The Rough Riders What comes to mind when someone mentions the name Rough Riders Most people think of dirt covered cowboys that ride horses shoot guns and drink plenty of whiskey Some of this is true but for the most part these men overcame impossible obstacles and changed the course of history They were tough but what made them smart was their leader Theodore Roosevelt In the following essay Im going to describe the events that led to the creation of the Rough Riders and the hard-won-battles they fought Cuba 1895 After dealing with many years of unfair representation In the Spanish Parliament and high taxes Cuba decided to become independent So on February 24th the Cubans declared war on Spain For many years the Cubans fought the Spaniards and eventually won At that time the idea of Imperialism was born and it quickly spread in the United States The US felt that it was their God-given right to take over other countries and people Their eyes were set on Cuba they wanted to buy it because of its huge sugar production Trading between Cuba and the US proved to be helpful for both sides America had invested over 50 million dollars in trading with Cuba mostly sugar but Cuba was worth double that amount Spain still had influence in Cuba at the time America did not like that and wanted to go to war However President Grover Cleveland made a proclamation of neutrality on June 12th 1895 Just eight months later Spain made a move that would start a war The Spanish began to move the population of Cubans into central locations guarded by troops and placed the entire country under martial
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