CH 19-21: American Imperialism. In the Beginning… Washington . When George Washington stepped down as President he spoke out against the US becoming involved in international relations, and encouraged a position of Neutrality. This is known as Washington’s Farewell Address
Even though the problem is in Cuba the first battle takes place in the Philippines. (Trade Implications)
American Navy swept in, destroyed the Spanish Fleet, and didn’t lose a ship.
The US captured the Philippines in less than 4 months.
They had to wait for ground troops to show up