Social Studies - 2018-19

USII.5a - Spanish American War

The student will apply social science skills to understand the changing role of the United States from the late nineteenth century through World War I by

a) explaining the reasons for and results of the Spanish-American War;

Adopted: 2015



The United States emerged as a world power as a result of victory over Spain in the Spanish-American War.

Economic interests and public opinion often influence United States involvement in international affairs.


Reasons for the Spanish-American War

 Protection of American business interests in Cuba

 American support of Cuban rebels to gain independence from Spain

 Rising tensions between Spain and the United States as a result of the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor

 Exaggerated news reports of events (yellow journalism)

Results of the Spanish-American War

 The United States emerged as a world power.

 Cuba gained independence from Spain.

 The United States gained possession of the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico.


Updated: May 16, 2018