America - America's New Imperialism "The splendid...

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America's New Imperialism "The splendid little war," as Secretary of State John Hay called the Spanish-American conflict, lasted a mere four months. The United States emerged victorious after a series of major battles in Cuba and in the Pacific Ocean. The Treaty of Paris , signed by both nations in December 1898, formally ended the war and Spain acknowledged Cuban independence . The United States, however, remained in Cuba. Under Republican Senator O.H. Platt of Connecticut, the American government established the conditions under which Cubans would be permitted to govern themselves. The Platt Amendment stated that the U.S. government held the right to intervene in Cuban affairs to maintain peace. It also required the Cuban government to lease military bases to the United States and limited Cuban authority in negotiating treaties with other nations. As revolutionary leaders had feared, American policy instilled in Cuba a new dependency just as the Cuban republic was born. Before his death in 1895, Cuban independence leader José Martí
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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