US Senate approved Treaty of Paris, effectively ending the Spanish-American War

On February 6, 1899, the US Senate passed a resolution ratifying the Treaty of Paris, effectively ending the Spanish-American War. The treaty, which was drafted and originally signed in 1898 by President William McKinley, did not officially go into effect until April 11, 1899, ending the one year war between Spain and the US. Notably, under this treaty, the US gained control of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guam and the Philippines, establishing the US as an imperial world power.

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