The Spanish American War, also known as “The Splendid Little War,” was a short-lived conflict between the United States and Spain in 1898. This war was a pretext for the Philippines War. During this time period Spain had control over several territories within the Caribbean because they were still a colonial power. Although Spain had control of the territories of Cuba and the Philippines, the inhabitants began to grow more and more rebellious as time passed. With the tension building between Spain and its territories, the United States was in a position to become their ally and help them fight to win their independence and gain territory within the Caribbean and Pacific at the same time.
The Spark that ignited wide spread revolt was napoleon's invasion of Spain. He ousted the Spanish king and placed his brother Joseph on the Spanish throne. Latin American leaders saw Spain's opportunity to reject foreign domination and demand independence from colonial rule. Two places that were influenced by the enlightenment were Haiti and South America. Toussaint L'Ouverture was also influenced by the enlightenment.
The Spanish-American War began through pressure from the public to take action against ill treatment of the Cubans, military interests, and many more reasons while resulting in annexation, imperialism, the building of the Panama Canal, and more. Cuba was facing oppression at the hands of the Spanish nation and Americans, being at the receiving end of oppression before, the Americans felt empathy and sympathy towards the Cubans. Yellow journalism blew the actual events out of proportion and collected the money and anger of the people. The demands to assist the Cubans grew but McKinley was reluctant to engage the Spaniards, a world power, in battle. The explosion that blew up the Maine was the last straw and the U.S. sent in troops.
Throughout the 1800s, there were a lot of unsuccessful rebellions. In addition of the pathetically small slave revolts, other people were also conspiring to free the country from Spanish rule. The Cubans started to realize that Spain was controlling the country and all the profit from the sugar and tobacco exports went to Spain. The Cubans unsuccessfully rebelled against the Spaniards beginning in 1819. The other countries of Latin America had already freed themselves from Spanish rule.
Occupation) The struggle for independence was embedded in a deep vision of nationalism. Where race took a back seat to the unity of Cubans. "Revolutionary rhetoric made racial slavery and racial divisions concomitant with Spanish colonialism.” pg.3 This war was to unite the rise of the first race less nation. Ferrer writes with purpose of detailing through a series of Archival documents from Cuba, Spain, and the United States. The highly underappreciated, Cuban struggle for independence, for a multiracial republic.
So the coup had to be based on principles. It also was not about making concession but establishing conditions. Batista led a coup and took power in one they so they believed all they had to do was organize a coup as well. The Cuban Revolution was an armed revolt conducted by Fidel Castro 's 26th of July Movement and its allies against the government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista. The revolution had domestic --such as agrarian reform, democratization of public services, and international repercussions --like missile crisis and US embargo in Cuba.
In summation, yellow journalism made tranquil diplomacy infeasible and caused the Spanish-American War. The articles published infuriated the public to such a degree that war was called against Spain. Yellow journalism ceased the diplomatic solution of Cuba's quandaries with Spain and made the American public call for war. In these ways, yellow journalism was a major contributor to the Spanish-American War. This interpretation has proved irresistible over the years.
Social inequality in America caused tension among the native population. When Spain, in an attempt to centralize their administration (spurred by the Enlightenment), began replacing Creoles with Spaniards in judicial and legislative offices, the tension was escalated even further. This challenged the position and comfort o... ... middle of paper ... ...they gave them individual property rights. The Indians who were not familiar with private ownership were easily taken advantaged. As a result of freedom and the end of the communal system, many Indians were left without protection and they slid even further down the economic ladder.
The “thirteen” colonies which would later become the Unites States of America were originally colonies of Great Britain. By the time that the American Revolution took place, the citizens of these colonies were beginning to grow weary with Britain’s rule. Rebellion and discontent were rampant.. The main reason for their revolt against England was the taxation issue. The reaction against taxation was often violent and the most powerful and articulate groups in population rose against the taxation.
Nevertheless, the outcomes of particular movements and struggles for social justice have consistently frustrated revolutionary and radical leaders. Government regimes throughout history have in some manner or fashion, whether by force or by will, degenerated popular radical aspirations. For example, it was the North American intervention in 1898, during the second Cuban war for independence that opposed the popular will to establish an independent sovereign nation. Moreover, corrupt military regimes headed by opportunists such as Machado and Batista have also tainted and disregarded popular aspirations for national affirmation, human dignity, and democratic order 1. Consequently, Cuban history has proven that aspirations for social reform and a democratic republic have consistently gone arie.