The Spanish-American War took place in 1898 between the United States and Spain. At the time, Spain ruled Cuba, and Cubans were fighting for their independence. Following the explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor, the Americans entered the conflict on the side of the Cubans.
The United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, John Hay, wrote to Teddy Roosevelt that the armed conflict had been “a splendid little war,” in reference to its brief 10-week duration. One reason for this swiftness was that the United States was able to gain victory with low levels of casualties. Another reason was the United States, at the tail end of a period of reunification, was able to reap great benefits on the world stage. Following the bloody and destructive Civil War, Northerners, Southerners, black citizens, and white citizens all came together and fought side-by-side against a common enemy.
This was a major step towards the world's perception of the United States as a massive player in foreign...
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