2. The U.S. was interested in Cuba for several reasons. Firstly, it is geographically close and provides exports like sugar. Also, Cuba would be able to assist in the United States’ control of the Caribbean, through a naval base. The explosion of the USS Maine created tensions that would cause U.S. involvement.
3. U.S. involvement in the Spanish-American was partly due to …show more content…
Kaufman- commercial interest. The U.S. was investing in Cuban sugar and intervened to prevent instability
• Kristin L. Hoganson- masculinity was weakened by society and increasing women’s rights and sought war to for “manliness”
• Louis Perez Jr.- the U.S. wanted control over Cuba and thought it would be difficult if the Cuba obtained its own independence
6. I agree most with Harold Evans. He holds the idea that the United States joined the war to see Spain’s removal from the Caribbean. This is reasonable for the American idea’s that were held in the Monroe Doctrine. There, the U.S. expressed its ideal for a lack of European involvement in the Western Hemisphere. Thus, by winning the Spanish-American war, the U.S. continued this concept.
7. According to Laura Rodriguez, the Spanish continued to fight in the war because they viewed Cuban “as part of Spain itself”. Many of the residents of Cuba were Spanish and the country had Spanish culture. Sagasta considered that not fighting the war would be dishonorable for Spain.
8. Aside from Spanish culture in Cuba, what other means did Cuba provide for Spain that made its state as a Spanish colony ideal, as Cuba traded less with Spain compared to other