The Spanish-American War was a quick, 10-week war fought between Spain and the United States in Cuba and the Phillipines. Cuba was a Spanish colony for almost 400 years prior to the war and was a significant player in the sugarcane industry. After the Haitain Revolution, even more so, as slave labor was still used on plantation to produce and harvest the crop. The United States had offered to buy Cuba many times from Spain, as it is only 90 miles away, but were turned down during 4 different presidencies. The U.S. sent a ship, the U.S.S. Maine into Cuban waters to "protect their territorial interest" when the ship exploded (see image). The United States blamed Spain for the Maine, and attacked them, starting the war. While U.S. claimed to liberate Cuba, U.S. intervention continued after the war. They forced restritionary laws on Cuban citizens such as segregationist policies on the already racially tense nation as well as pushed English speaking policies.