Foreshadowing the twentieth-century experience, the Spanish American War was America’s first modern foreign war. Catapulting the United States into an international world power, it had lasting international implications. Besides America’s acquisition of Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Hawaii, and Guam, the war led the United States to take to the international stage, confronting Germany and Japan, and creating a diplomatic bridge between Great Britain and the United States. For Spain the 1898-1899 conflict was the death knell of empire. This volume provides easily accessible information on the naval and army operations, Spanish operations, and the political background to the military events, with an emphasis on future foreign affairs.