Causes of the Spanish American War

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How can yellow journalism influence public opinion? To help understand yellow journalism and its origin, reference the following web site: What is yellow journalism?

The Spanish American War was a 4 month conflict fought between Spain and the United States in 1898. The United States declared war on Spain on April 25, 1898. What caused the Spanish American War? How does yellow journalism fit in?

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Cause 1= Reconcentration Camps

Cuba was a Spanish colony that rebelled in 1868. The rebellion failed after 10 years. In 1895 Cuba launched a second revolt. Spain sent a new governor, General Valeriano Weyler, to rule Cuba and end the revolt. In 1896, General Weyler implemented the first wave of the Spanish “Reconcentration Policy” that sent thousands of Cubans into detention camps. The objective was to separate the rebelling Cubans from the noncombatant population. Under Weyler’s policy, the rural population had eight days to move into designated camps located in fortified towns; any person who failed to obey was shot. The housing in these areas was typically abandoned, decaying, roofless, and virtually uninhabitable. Food was scarce and famine and disease quickly swept through the camps. By 1898, one third of Cuba’s population had been forcibly sent into the concentration camps. Over 400,000 Cubans died as a result of the Spanish Reconcentration Policy.

Colon Cemetery, Havana, Cuba, 1898 225,000 Cuban civilians died in 18 months 1896-97

What was the relationship between Cuba and Spain? Who was General Valeriano Weyler? What did General Valeriano Weyler do those who opposed Spanish rule? How do you think Americans felt about the actions in Cuba?

Cause 2= Cuba’s Close

Proximity to the US How far is Cuba from the United States?

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