The Spanish American war was one of the shortest wars in American history, lasting only 15 weeks, yet it was also a very important war because it won us highly pivotal concessions such as the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and independence for Cuba. But what was the cause of the war? Military strategic interests or maybe public opinion? There are many things that led up to the Spanish American war, but was there one major breaking point?
One possible cause for the Spanish American war was public opinion and sympathy for the Cuban people. This was a semi-important cause, and was one of the reasons for the war. In the Americans, it says that the American people felt not only sympathy, but empathy for the Cuban people, as they were being oppressed by a Mother Country, Spain, just as American had been by England a hundred years before. This led the majority of the American public to request intervention in Cuba which is what got the American Army and Navy in Cuba in the first place, which is a very key role in how the Spanish American war started, but not the main reason.
Another possible cause is Business interests. I do not believe that this was possibly the least important cause of the Spanish American war. It was not mentioned very often in The American Pageant or The Americans. Also, the limited information on business interests in Cuba said that there were several sugar mills and farms owned by Americans, but they were not in danger of the Spanish, and this only slightly limited their production. A war with Spain would possibly even be worst for business then it was at the time of the second Cuban Revolution. None the less, it was a contributing factor to the war, added more fuel to the fire.
Military strategic interests also could have been a possible cause of the Spanish American war. I think that this was a somewhat important reason, but still not the major deciding factor that led the United States to declare war. Cuba was off the coast of Florida, and early in The American Pageant, it was said that there was American interest in Cuba on a governmental level, as it could be a key trading post in the Carrabin. While this is true, there was not much interest in making Cuba a territory or a state. The issue had quieted down due to slavery issues in the early 1800s, and then because of the American Civil War, the United States was occupied. It was not until the Cuban revolution that the idea was brought up again, and it still did not have much support. After the war when the United States had the chance to take Cuba, it still did not, which proves that it was not a very important cause to the war.
Lastly, are the two biggest reasons. I believe that these two go hand in hand, and are the main cause for the Spanish American war. That is the explosion and sinking of the U.S.S Maine, and Yellow Journalism. First of all, Yellow Journalism. According to The American Pageant this was when Newspapers, especially those of Pulitzer and Hearst,...