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Teller Amendment to the US Declaration of War Against Spain
By Senator Henry M. Teller
Mar 17, 2006, 12:16am

War Map Publishing Company. 1898
Library of Congress

In April 1898 Senator Henry M. Teller (Colorado) proposed an amendment to the U.S. declaration of war against Spain which proclaimed that the United States would not establish permanent control over Cuba. It stated that the United States "hereby disclaims any disposition of intention to exercise sovereignty, jurisdiction, or control over said island except for pacification thereof, and asserts its determination, when that is accomplished, to leave the government and control of the island to its people." The Senate passed the amendment on April 19. True to the letter of the Teller Amendment, after Spanish troops left the island in 1898, the United States occupied Cuba until 1902.

In 1901, Secretary of War Elihu Root drafted a set of articles as guidelines for future United StateCuban relations. This set of articles became known as the Platt Amendment, after Senator Orville Platt of Connecticut, who presented it.
Read more about the Platt Amendment

Source: Library of Congress

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