ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
April 25, 1898
The United States Declares War on Spain
On this day in 1898, Congress declared that the United States had been at war with Spain since April 20th (that
was later changed to April 21st). The focal point of the war was the Spanish colony of Cuba.
In 1896, certain elements in Cuba had been urging an uprising against the Spanish authority. At the same time,
strong expansionist sentiment in the United States prompted the government to push for annexation of Spain's
territories including Cuba, Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
The war ended December 10, 1898 with control of those colonies being passed to the United States.