A Brief History
The Spanish American War: A Brief History.
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The story of the Spanish-American War is, at the core, the story of a rising "empire" at the expense of an old European power. The effects of the war would be long lasting. The United States embarked on a humanitarian mission to liberate the Cubans, who had been fighting a bloody revolution for independence against their Spanish colonial masters, and wound up becoming a strong naval power sitting astride two oceans in the process.
A colorful cast of players on all sides made this war a fascinating study in hubris, for every side felt they would win an astounding victory against morally weak enemies. Even though the war began as a humanitarian mission, many Americans saw potential victory as fulfillment of a great destiny. Americans like Teddy Roosevelt did all they could to place America on the path to international significance. The war proved the value of having a strong modern Navy, closed off the Western Hemisphere from European colonization, and launched a new era of American prestige and power.