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Kline 1United States History and GovernmentKailua High SchoolSocial Studies Requirement2018-2019Isabel KlinePeriod 4What was the Cuban Missile Crisis?The Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation between the United States of America (“US”) and the Soviet Union (“USSR”) when the USA threw naval and air quarantine around Cuba. After several days, the USSR agreed to remove the missiles and take down the sites. This confrontation almost resulted in a nuclear war. The events that built up to the Cuban Missile Crisis include the Monroe Doctrine (1823), Manifest Destiny (1845), Spanish-American War (1898), Cuban Revolution (1933), Castro Revolution (1959), Operation Mongoose (1961-1962), and the Bay of Pigs (1961). The events which led up to the Cuban Missile Crisis, also resulted in the Cold War.The Monroe Doctrine was created on December 2, 1823 by James Monroe in his annual message to congress. It states that “Europe should not interfere with the US trying to control the Western Hemisphere.” However in relation to the Roosevelt Corollary, the United States stated that it was justified to act to seek peace in the Western Hemisphere, as it established the United States as the hemisphere’s police. Manifest Destiny of 1846 relates to this because in the reading it states “that the rightful destiny of the US included imperialistic expansion” (Lubbrage, para.7).This relates to the Cuban Missile Crisis because through the public's eye of things, there were thepeople who argued for a firm stance against the Soviets which they then looked back at the Monroe Doctrine,and then the other side was the people who saw the Monroe Doctrine as a wayto justify American intervention that would just lead to another war.The Spanish-American War of 1898 happened after the Battleship Maine in Havana harbor
Kline 2was sunk on February 15, 1898. “The US declared war on Spain on April 25, 1898, and added the Teller Amendment saying it would not try to exercise hegemony or dominance over Cuba.” (). War actually started in June when the Marines took Guantánamo Bay and landedabout 17,000 troops. They were later joined by about 5,000 Cuban revolutionaries. When the warended Spain lost its control over Cuba and other islands.