Spanish Americna War (detail from print of U.S.S. Maine exploding)

Spanish American War

America went to war against Spain to free Cuba from Spanish domination. But the war provided the United States an opportunity to seize overseas possessions and begin building an American empire. After ousting Spain from Cuba, the United States seized Puerto Rico. And subsequently it annexed the Philippines, Samoa, Guam, and Wake Island, followed by Hawaii.

Facts / Statistics

Dates: 1898-1902
Troops: 306,760
Deaths: 2,446