DIRECTIONS: Read the assignment prompt. Use the material in the right pane to review the sources and your answers from the Inquiry page, by selecting a source and then using the tabs. Compose your answer in the box on the left. Use the email form to send your answer to your instructor.

ASSIGNMENT: "The explosion of the U.S.S. Maine caused the United States to invade Cuba in 1898." Use the documents provided and your own knowledge to evaluate this statement. Do you agree with this explanation of the causes of the Spanish American War? Why or why not? Use and cite evidence from the documents to support your analysis of this statement.



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Who gave this speech and when? Aside from Congress, who is really supposed to hear this address?

What is Monroe's main message?

There was a time when almost all of South and Central America was colonized by Spain. What does the phrase "governments who have declared their independence" suggest about developments in these colonies long before the Spanish-American War?

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