Spanish-American War, the War between the United States and Spain in 1898. It began as an American intervention to assist the Cubans in winning their independence from Spain, but became a move toward the United States establishing itself as a colonial power. With its defeat, Spain lost the last remnants of its once great colonial empire—Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippine Islands. The United States emerged as a major power with far-flung colonial possessions.
The American Civil War was a four-year armed conflict between northern and southern sections of the United States.
Most of us know P.T. Barnum because of the circus, but he was actually an important figure in American history. Learn how P.T. Barnum went from small-time entrepreneur to master showman and founder of the "Greatest Show on Earth."