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Spain accepted the offer and gave up the Philippines and Cuba, in addition to Guam and Puerto Rico. The 400-year-old Spanish empire, which once included most of the Western Hemisphere, ended with the stroke of a pen. The Treaty of Paris, signed on December 10th, 1898, required ratification by at least two-thirds of the U.S. Senate.


The U.S. Senate has historically billed itself as the most deliberative body in the world, and often it doesn’t live up to that reputation. But in the debate over the ratification of the Treaty of Paris, I think it did. Despite the over-blown rhetoric on both sides, there was a critical issue that was being debated. Should the United States become an imperial power?

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