What were the goals and outcomes for the Cubans, US, Phillipines, and Puerto Rico?

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After the Spanish-American War, there were changes made in several places affected by the war. These places included Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and the United States.

Cuba was not pleased with the rule of the Spanish. Their goal was to become independent from the Spanish. As a result of the Spanish-American War, Cuba became independent although there were some strings attached that gave the United States the right to intervene in Cuba if necessary.

The Philippines were also unhappy with the rule of the Spanish. They wanted to become independent after Spain was defeated. However, they became an American colony for many years. This was something that they initially resisted. Eventually, they got their independence in 1946.

Puerto Rico was a Spanish possession before the Spanish-American War. There was some opposition to Spanish rule in Puerto Rico. After the war, Puerto Rico became a possession of the United States. Today, Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States.

Before the Spanish-American War, the United States wanted to get colonies. We were looking for a war, and the events in Cuba gave us an opportunity to fight a war and get colonies. After the Spanish-American War, the United States was a world power with colonies in Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico.