America in the Age of Imperialism (1895-1920) In 1895, The Spanish colonial empire is in a state of total decay. Cuba is in revolt. The city of Nuesvistas in the Philippines harbors revolutionaries, who plot to liberate the islands from Spanish rule. The Spanish fleet stationed at Guam is obsolete. The President of the United States, William McKinley, sees an opportunity to increase American standing in World affairs, and orders The Army, The Navy, and The Marine Corps to come up with a plan to take Spain’s empire, and begin a rise to Imperialism. It is decided that the Army would be the leading force in the Atlantic campaign (Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Canary Islands, and Sidi Ifni,) while the Marine Corps would provide most of the ground forces in the Pacific. In 1895, America is on the rise. The scars of the Civil War are fading, the west has been tamed, and the industry is building. With the last frontiers gone, Americans begin to look outwards. Expansionism comes into play. America has had its taste of empire. Its people have decided that they want more.