History Of The Spanish-American War GUESTS: Ivan Musicant Author, Empire By Default: The Spanish-American War and the Dawn of the American Century Fareed Zakaria Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs Magazine Author, From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America's World Role [Princeton University, 1998] Alfonzo Quiros Professor of History, Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center Curator of "A War in Perspective, 1898-1998: Public Appeals, Memory, and the Spanish-American Conflict," at the New York City Library 100 years ago tensions between the United States and the Spanish Empire were rising. In April of 1898, the USS Maine sank in the Havana Harbor sparking war between the two countries. The US blamed Spain for the explosion and thus began the Spanish-American War. The war led to the acquisition of Puerto Rico and Guam and Cuban independence from Spain -- a pivotal point in American history. It marked the end of Washington's policy of isolationism, and the beginning of American involvement in foreign affairs. Join host Ray Suarez to talk about the Spanish-American War and its legacy.