The Spanish-American War Questions and Answers

Start Your Free Trial

Why was the Spanish-American War a "splendid little war"?

The Spanish-American War was deemed a "splendid little war" by US ambassador John Hay because of the war's brevity. In just ten weeks, the US secured a decisive and relatively bloodless victory over Spain.

Expert Answers info

Dakota Rabbitt eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseProfessional Writer

bookB.A. from Colby College


calendarEducator since 2019

write295 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

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...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 818 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Rebecca Hope eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2016

write1,505 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Arts

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Michael Koren eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2015

write2,982 answers

starTop subjects are History, Law and Politics, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial