origin of the war began in Spanish owned Cuba after news of Spain's apparent brutally
repressive regime against the population came to the notice of the US.
USS Maine was sent to Havana to protect US citizens, following reports of rioting
there. It was sunk on 15th February, and few in the USA doubted the Spanish were
approved in the US Congress gave no doubt that war was on the way. Spain declared
war on 24th April 1898, a day after the US Congress asked for 125,000 volunteers
to fight. The US declared war on 25th April.
was a completely one-sided war. The US had occupied Manila by August and the Philippines,
aided by local militia who turned their guns on the Spanish, were transferred
from Spain to the USA swiftly.
land, future president Theodore Roosevelt led ground troops, the "Rough Riders",
officially named the "First US Voluntary Cavalry".
1st: USA won Battle of San Juan Hill.
2nd: US troops began a siege of Santiago.
3rd: A Spanish fleet, which had just been sent across the Atlantic to fight, was
destroyed off Santiago by US ships.
17th: The Spanish surrendered Santiago, and thus Cuba, to the USA.
Rico also quickly fell.
war was officially ended on 10th December with the Treaty of Paris.