How did the Spanish-American War turn into a war of imperial expansion?
The Spanish-American war which was the war between the United States and Spain began in the year 1898 after the explosion and sinking of the USS Maine, the United States warship at Havana harbor in Cuba. The sinking of the US ship was brought about by the ongoing Cuban war which entailed local Cuban revolts against the administration of Spain in Cuba. The United States, therefore, joined the Cuban war and supported the revolts against Spain in Cuba until the latter was defeated and Cuba finally became independent. The 10-week war that was fought in both the Caribbean and the Pacific resulted in the defeat of Spanish colonial rule in Cuba. The war ended in favor of the United States due to their immense contribution in the war, and they were therefore awarded temporal control of Cuba in the Treaty of Paris that was signed in the year 1898. The war, therefore, resulted in the expansion of the United States Empire because it took over permanent control of Span’s Pacific possessions like Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippine islands.