What were the unintended results of the Spanish-American War?

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The major unintended result of the Spanish-American War was that the United States was faced with the question of whether to make itself an imperial power.  When the United States started to get interested in Cuba, it had no particular interest in taking a country on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.  However, the war gave it the chance to take the Philippines.  Presented with this opportunity, the US had to decide whether it was worth it to take control over a country that was so far away and which had an independence movement that the US would have to fight for control.  In the end, of course, the US decided to become an imperial power by taking the Philippines.