VIDEO: The Empire’s Cuban Colony 1898-1959 and the US-Cuban War
Thousands of Cubans were Spanish loyalists and fought against the US invasion. As quickly as 1905 Americans owned 20% of the land
The Cuban struggle for independence in the 1890s was closely covered by the American press. Some newspapers agitated for American intervention and featured sensational stories of Spanish atrocities against the native Cuban population. Spain posed no threat to the United States, but Cuba had very profitable plantations coveted by American tycoons.