Many causes originated the Spanish-American War in the late 1800.The main causes of the war were the economic interests of the United States in the sugar industry in Cuba, the rebellion against Spain and the actions taken for Coronel Weyler, promoted war by yellow journalism and the sinking of the U.S. battleship Maine. This was an immensely popular war with the American people, for the first time men from north and south fought side by side for a common cause. The war lasted only four months but over 4,000 deaths most for disease that resulted in a victory over the great Spanish Empire.
By the 1890s, Spain had lost all its New World colonies. The islands of Puerto Rico and Cuba were all the remained of the Spain possessions in America, and the Philippines, in the Pacific. Spain once ruled a great global empire. As civil wars opposed Spanish authority, many colonies broke free.(Cambell,1958).Rebellion in Cuba against Spanish rule has been through many years but with no liberation. For the first years of the rebellion, the United Stated maintained a formal neutrality, but many factors caused the American intervention and fight with Span in this “Splendid Little War”.
The island of Cuba was under government ruled by officials from Spain, and many Cubans did not wish be there. They fled to Florida and other parts of the United States. Spain disregarded the complaints and demands of Cubans. Spanish rule was inefficient and corrupt and for these reasons was expensive. The most serious rebellion last for 10 years where the Cubans demands never resolve. Spain failed to keep it and it was a cause of a new rebellion in 1895 (Campbell, 1958) The new leader was Jose Marti, a Cuban writer living in New York, who come to Tampa and other communities to gain supporters for the rebellion in Cuba and raising funds for the revolution, but he was kill when he went back to Cuba to fight in the revolution.
The United Stated watched with interest the rebellion in the island because had millions of dollars invested in businesses in Cuba and imported mostly sugar and some mining and tobacco The American business community was generally opposed the intervention but sugar companies had a direct interest of restoration of Spanish authority to continue working there. American companies owned many sugar plantations and mills and there were many US citizens in residence there.
The progressive movement was an important factor in the intervention of Cuba. Humanitarian campaign against Spain was an element informing the public about the bad living condition of the people in the concentration camps, and the atrocities that the rebels suffered in the island. Their goal was to improve the life of the Cubans.
In the United States, many Americans sympathized with the Cuban rebellion because American fought for Independence from colonial rule during American Revolution.Cuba was very close to Florida, most Cubans were Catholic as many American. Some disliked the idea of annexation and...