What were the causes and effects of the Spanish-American War?

The causes of the Spanish-American War were that the US wanted to expand its empire, wanted to maintain control in the western hemisphere, and was fueling anti-Spanish sentiments. Some effects of the war were that the US gained the Philippines, Guam, the port of Guantanamo, and Puerto Rico as territories, and that Cuba was further opened to American economic exploitation.

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One cause of the Spanish-American War: the United States wanted an empire. The United States needed coaling stations in the Pacific in order for its ships to reach the rich markets of China. This is one reason why the United States captured Guam and the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. Another cause of the war would be Spain's inability to control Cuba. Cuban rebels started to agitate for their independence. When the Spanish general in charge of the island put the Cubans in concentration camps in order to pursue the insurgents, many Cubans died due to overcrowding. The Cuban insurgents attacked both American sugar interests and Spanish businesses. The United States wanted to protect its own economic interests as well as exert its ability to control the Western hemisphere.

Yellow journalism was another cause of the war. William Randolph Hearst made a great deal of money by selling the narrative that the Spanish were barbaric and the Cubans were good. He even sent noted artist...

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