The United States had investments worth 50 million dollars in Cuba with trade in sugar averaging about 100 million dollars per year. Businesspersons and traders who had their investments in Cuba did not like the Spanish administration, which was inefficient and corrupt. In 1895, a revolt started in Cuba, which resulted to destruction of American property and the incarceration of Cuban civilians in concentration camps. In addition, the United States did not support the Spanish dominance in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Despite this, the Americans decided to refrain from the war.
In 1898, the United States President