While studying the Spanish-American War, Mrs. McCulough’s fourth-grade students learned the reasons why Cuba wanted to free herself from Spain’s rule, and the events that prompted the United States’ involvement in the struggle. They uncovered practices of Spain’s oppressive system that exploited the Cuban people and their greatest commodity–sugar.  With these and other facts presented, the DCMC fourth graders were able to discover the causes of what became known as the Spanish-American War.

After learning about the Spanish-American War, the students got a first-hand taste of freshly peeled sugar cane; the most sought after commodity of the time. It was Spain’s exploitation of sugar cane grown by the people in Cuba (one of Spain’s last colonies) that fueled the Cuban’s desire for independence from Spain.