NAME: DATE: USII.4a The Spanish America War – Cloze Activity In 1898, the United States declared war on (Spain, England, France). Though the Spanish American War lasted only four months, the U.S. victory over Spain had a very important result - the United States became a (world power, poor country, rich nation). What were the reasons for the Spanish American War? In the late 1800s, Spain controlled (Cuba, Canada, California) as well as Puerto Rico, the Phillipine Islands and Guam. Cubans, however, wanted (independence, money) from Spain, and many Americans supported the Cubans' struggle. Americans supported the Cuban rebels for two reasons. First, many Americans had come to Cuba recently to start (businesses, farms, fires), and these Americans felt business interests in Cuba must be protected. Second, (exaggerated news reports, television programs) about Spain's harsh and cruel policies in Cuba angered Americans and turned them against Spain. In 1898, President McKinley ordered the battleship (Maine, Kentucky, Monitor) to Cuba to protect Americans living there. A few weeks later, for unknown reasons, the battleship Maine (exploded, turned around). Furious Americans blamed Spain and called for action. The United States (declared war on, signed a treaty with) on Spain.