In 1898, Americans sought liberation from the Spaniards in the famous Spanish-American war. The war actually sprang from revolutions in Cuba and the psyche spread to America where Spain had been accused of countless atrocities, including the sinking of an American battleship in Maine.
The effect of Spanish influence in America had a very significant cultural, political and economic impact. The 16th century saw an estimated 250,000 Spaniards migrate to America. Later, about 500,000 more migrated to neighboring Peru and Mexico. The Spanish Civil War which occurred from the 1930s to the 70s also saw a significant number of Spaniard migrate to Spain’s former colonies for exile.