The Spanish American war and the annexation of the Philippines.

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"Remember the Maine! To hell with Spain!" and slogans like this swiped the United States like a rapid forest fire in 1898. Becoming a world power was just the highway the United States was driving on when they decided to intervene between the cruel rulings the Spanish were placing upon Cuba. To add to the United States list of problems with Spain, a letter from Depuy de Lome, the Spanish minister, called President McKinley, "a weak hypocritical politician." Tensions between the countries ignited even more after the Spanish brought upon the February 15th explosion, killing 262 men and destroying the battle ship called the Maine. The following events shaped the imperialist and non- imperialist regime.

By now, America was fueled with rage and on April 11th, 1898, President McKinley sent his imprecise message to Congress which subliminal requested war on Spain. Congresses authorized the use of troops two weeks later.

After only four months the war ended and America successfully defeated the Spanish. The outcome of the war contributed to the Treaty of Paris which gave the United States all 7,000 Philippine islands in exchange for $20 million to Spain.

By this point, the United States starts to demonstrate that they becoming the world power. To better understand this pivotal point in history, I would describe America as being the Microsoft Corporation of today by taking advantage of its power and money to over take smaller companies, or in this case - countries. At this point it's paramount to that the die heart imperialist and non-imperialist are starting to merge out from the woodworks and onto the United States political parties. The imperialist were advocating the extension of power, dominion of territorial acquisitions, and the control over the political or economic life. While the non-imperialist was doing the...