McKinley, William McKinley The Spanish-American War lasted from April to August of 1898, from start to completion. It was a war between the United States and Spain over control of Cuba. The conflict began when the USS Maine was destroyed in Havana Harbor, killing 266 people. Americans assumed that this meant another attack on U.S. soil was imminent, so they went to war against Spain, who was their friend and ally. However, it turned out that the ship was attacked by terrorists from Puerto Rico, who were angry about how much money Spain was making from its colonies. The war ended with a Cuban victory over the Spanish, but there was no real winner since both countries had suffered serious losses. President McKinley died in office after only four years, but he is still considered one of the greatest presidents because of his leadership during this time of crisis.
William McKinley was elected president in the year 1897. He also served as governor of Ohio before becoming president. On May 30, 1901, while returning from the Buffalo Railway Station where he had gone to greet citizens who were celebrating America's anniversary, he was assassinated by an anarchist who hated everything McKinley stood for. The nation will always remember this great man thanks to those who wrote essays for class assignments, published articles in newspapers, and others who created educational materials about him.
The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War (Hispanic Division, Library of Congress), p. 335. William McKinley, The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War (Hispanic Division, Library of Congress): Spanish-American War, p. 335. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
In June 1898, the United States declared war on Spain after it invaded Puerto Rico to suppress a rebellion against its colonial rule. Previously, the U.S. government had taken no action against Spain as it negotiated peace agreements with other countries in the region.
President William McKinley issued a proclamation on May 23, 1898, authorizing the use of military force against Spain if it did not stop its "armed interference with the rights and duties of nations." On June 20, Secretary of State John Kerry informed the Senate that the United States was at war with Spain.
The conflict came about because of disputes between Spain and America over territories in the Western Hemisphere. In 1763, Spain surrendered its last remaining colony in North America when it signed a peace treaty with Britain. However, many Americans felt that Spain had violated this agreement by continuing to claim ownership of its former colonies.
In addition, there was tension between the United States and Spain due to the fact that American ships were being harassed by Spanish pirates while sailing through the Caribbean.
McKinley replied by establishing a naval blockade of Cuba on April 22 and calling for 125,000 military volunteers the next day. On the same day, Spain declared war on the United States, and the United States Congress decided to declare war on Spain on April 25. The conflict came to be known as the Spanish American War.
The war began with the aim of freeing Cuba from Spanish rule and ending the threat that it would join forces with its old enemy, Mexico. However, things didn't go as planned: after several months of fighting, the United States had been forced to withdraw from Cuba due to concerns over domestic stability. Although this victory saved America from having another country join its enemies list, it was not considered a success because no final peace agreement was reached with Spain.
However, this does not mean that the United States abandoned its goal of liberating Cuba from Spanish control. In fact, one year after the end of the war, President McKinley sent an army unit to Cuba to ensure that Spain kept its promise and granted freedom to the Cuban people. This mission was successful and on January 1st, 1902, President McKinley signed the Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Commerce and Arbitration with Spain, officially ending the war.
In conclusion, the United States opposed Spain during the Spanish American War. This opposition can be seen in the form of a military blockade of Cuba and a call for soldiers from its citizens.