Diplomacy Classroom: The 1898 Spanish-American Conflict
While often overlooked, the Spanish-American Conflict of 1898 was a major turning point in American diplomatic history and American history more broadly. NMAD welcomed Matt Regan from the State Department’s Office of the Historian to examine the role of diplomacy in the 1898 Spanish-American Conflict.
Matt helped us understand the Spanish-American Conflict of 1898 and its role in shaping the United States’ identity in the 20th century. The 1898 Treaty of Paris, which ended the conflict, brought the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Cuba (temporarily) under U.S. control. Further, the conflict and subsequent negotiations with Spain sparked a global shift in American interests and identity.
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The United States sent the USS Maine battleship to Havana Harbor to protect its citizens and interests in the Spanish-Cuban conflict. On the night of February 15, 1898, an explosion rocked the ship which eventually sank, killing 266 sailors.
Hear NMAD’s Education Team introduce new Historical Diplomacy Simulations and ideas on how to implement them into the classroom. Our discussion includes how to facilitate the program with simulation participants and a tour of diplomacy education resources found on the museum’s website.