The Spanish American War, a time of great change and the United States moving to the forefront of world power. Teddy Roosevelt charging up the San Juan Heights, the Rough Riders and the sinking of the battleship, the U.S.S. Maine - these are what people commonly know about the United States' war with Spain in 1898. What they may not remember is that this was the war that steered the United States to center stage as a world power. Victorious over Spain in Cuba and the Philippines, the United States, a nation founded in opposition to imperialism, grappled with its new role as an imperial power.
The Span-Am War (as it is often called) was an armed military conflict between Spain and the United States that took place between April and August 1898, over the issues of the liberation of Cuba.
The revolution in Havana prompted the United States to send in a warship, the U.S.S. Maine to indicate high national interest. Tension among the American people was raised because of the explosion of the U.S.S. Maine, and the yellow journalist newspapers that accused the Spanish of oppression in their colonies, agitating American public opinion.
The war began after American demands for the resolution of the Cuban fight for independence were rejected by Spain. Strong expansionist sentiment in the United States motivated the government to develop a plan for annexation of Spain's remaining overseas territories including the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
The war ended after victories for the United States in the Philippine Islands and Cuba. On December 10, 1898, the signing of the Treaty of Paris gave the United States control of Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam.