The Platt Amendment, an amendment to a U.S. army appropriations bill, established the terms under which the United States would end its military occupation of Cuba (which had begun in 1898 during the Spanish-American War) and “leave the government and control of the island of Cuba to its people.” While the amendment
On March 2, 1901, the Platt Amendment was passed as part of the 1901 Army Appropriations Bill. It stipulated seven conditions for the withdrawal of United States troops remaining in Cuba at the end of the Spanish–American War, and an eighth condition that Cuba sign a treaty accepting these seven conditions.
Following the defeat of Spain in 1898, the United States remained in Cuba as an occupying power until the Republic of Cuba was formally installed on May 19, 1902. On May 20, 1902, the United States relinquished its occupation authority over Cuba, but claimed a continuing right to intervene in Cuba.
Positive and negative effects on Cuba: Sugar growers would benefit, however its expansion would lead to a monopolistic industry due to land space-inequality. Sugar will become the dominant business and because American imports are coming in very cheaply, Cubans can’t compete with American imports.
From the 15th century, it was a colony of Spain until the Spanish–American War of 1898, when Cuba was occupied by the United States and gained nominal independence as a de facto United States protectorate in 1902.
Guantánamo Bay (Spanish: Bahía de Guantánamo) is a bay located in Guantánamo Province at the southeastern end of Cuba. Since the 1959 revolution, Cuba has only cashed a single lease payment from the United States government.
Representatives of Spain and the United States signed a peace treaty in Paris on December 10, 1898, which established the independence of Cuba , ceded Puerto Rico and Guam to the United States , and allowed the victorious power to purchase the Philippines Islands from Spain for $20 million.
The United States Army was understaffed, underequipped, and undertrained. The most recent action seen by the army was fighting the Native Americans on the frontier. Cuba required summer uniforms; the US troops arrived with heavy woolen coats and pants. The food budget paid for substandard provisions for the soldiers .
Because of Cuba ‘s geographical position at the entrance of the Gulf of Mexico, Havana’s role as the principal trading port in the West Indies, and the country’s natural resources, Cuba was an important participant in the American Theater of World War II , and it was one of the greatest beneficiaries of the United States
It was governed from Madrid much as it had been governed since it was first occupied and settled by the Spaniards in 1511 . Not that Cubans were as compliant in 1898 as they had been during most of the colonial period, especially when the other Spanish Americans severed their ties with the mother country in the 1820s .
By early 1898 , tensions between the United States and Spain had been mounting for months. After the U.S. battleship Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor under mysterious circumstances on February 15, 1898 , U.S. military intervention in Cuba became likely.
What happened as a result of U.S. imperialism in Cuba , the Philippines, and Hawaii? Through the Platt Amendment, the United States retained a great deal of control over Cuban affairs and obtained the use of land for a naval base. Cuba became a U.S. protectorate. Cuba was not allowed true economic or political freedom.
In order to prevent the possibility of US annexation of Cuba , Congress passed the Teller Amendment, which proclaimed that the United States would help the Cuban people gain their freedom from Spain but would not annex the island after victory.
There is a Level 4 Travel Advisory recommending U.S. citizens not travel to Cuba due to health and safety concerns and COVID-19-related conditions. While the Global Level 4 Travel Advisory has been removed, Cuba remains at Level 4. COVID related restrictions remain in place in Cuba .