This vivid large-format map highlights newly-acquired territory in the aftermath of the U.S. victory in the Spanish-American War in 1898, one year before the map’s copyright.
Our map offers a contemporary illustration of the results of the 1898 Treaty of Paris, negotiated on terms favorable to the U.S. which allowed it temporary control of Cuba and ceded ownership of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippine islands. It captures the exuberance of American victory in the midst of the Age of Imperialism, the consequences of which continue to have a profound effect today.
Overall, the Spanish-American War amounted to a ten-week conflict fought in both the Caribbean and the Pacific. Hostilities between the two began in the aftermath of the internal explosion of USS Maine in Havana harbor in Cuba, leading to U.S. intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. The war led to the emergence of U.S. predominance in the Caribbean, and resulted in U.S. acquisition of Spain’s Pacific possessions.
The map presents the United States surrounded by eleven inset maps: Alaska, Philippine Islands, Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Ocean and Oceania, South Africa, Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America, and the Atlantic Ocean. It also includes three tables: Travel Distances between Important Centers in the United States, Principal Divisions of the World with Area and Populations, and United States – States and Territories.