Puerto Rico

The White Man’s Burden

When an armistice ended the Spanish-American War on August 12, the United States found itself with three major new territories obtained in three different ways. The first was Hawaii, annexed on July 7 with the President’s signature on a joint congressional resolution. Read more >>

Our war with Spain marked the first year of the American Century

To the question of acquiring new territories overseas, and owning colonies, one group of Americans answered with a resounding “No!”