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Most may think that the Spanish-American War was a war between the Americans and the Spanish Most are right but only to a point because the Spanish-American War also included wars between the Americans and the Filipinos as well as between the Americans and Puerto-Ricans Reasons for these wars occurring are obvious to the history connoisseur but to the normal individual they may not be so distinctAmerica has been a country of great power for years and that power has come not only from years of hard work and fighting but also from years of audacity About one hundred fifty years ago the United States began sending armed forces to foreign countries in an effort to attain each individual countrys opulent resources This commanding attitude taken by the United States government spread into the American people as well with corporate giants such as Rockefeller and Morgan who controlled large parts of American business with monopolies over the railroads and oil industry Events such as the SpanishAmerican War and interference in the Philippines marked the indisputable beginning of American imperialism Invasions such as these propelled United States capitalist expansion and produced the ideas of economic expansion in government as well as in homesThe Philippines played a larger part in the Spanish-American War than most may like to believe The Philippine-American War as it could be called is forgotten to most everyone in all of United States Military history The events that occurred in the Philippines could be mildly compared to the events that occurred nearly seventy years later in Vietnam The reasons for the war occurring at all are directly related to the Filipinos attempts to gain independence from Spain Lead by Emilio Aguinaldo the Filipino people fought for one year for independence from Spain with a shortage of weapons ammunition and food A treaty with the Spanish Authorities was forced in 1897 and Aguinaldo and his government were forced into exile with payment of four
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