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Rough Riders Spanish-American War war waged against Spain by the United States in 1898 to free Cuba from Spanish rule The war grew out of the Cubas struggle for independence A strong reaction to this conflict developed in the United States In 1897 Spain attempted to compromise by granting Cuba partial independence and abolishing the system of reconcentrados The Cubans pressed for independence On February 15 1898 the USS Maine which was sent to the port of Havana to protect UNITED STATES citizens and property was sunk by an explosion The cause was unknown but Yellow Journalism pointed to an enemy mine Both the United States and Spain declared war On May 1 the Spanish fleet anchored in Manila Bay was destroyed by United States naval forces Later on July 1 US troops penetrated the outer defenses of the city of Santiago de Cuba and on July 3 a Spanish naval squadron was destroyed while attempting to cross the US blockade of Santiago harbor On July 18 the Spanish government requested a settlement Spain relinquished Cuba and offered the Philippines Puerto Rico and Guam to the United States A US Navy study later published in 1976 suggested that spontaneous combustion in the ships coal bunkers caused the explosion of the USS Maine The Movie we watched was based on this war which I have just briefly outlined The movie didnt outline the whole war but concentrated on the famous Rough Riders They were formally known as the First United States Cavalry Volunteers They were a group of men which were made up of anything from bank robbers to men whose fathers owned those banks This regiment got there name because of how unorthodox they were and their broad range of men from rich to poor and anything in-between They were spirited men who eagerly wanted to fight for their country The Rough Riders were great soldiers they didnt have the extensive training or discipline
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