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The Lusitania was a passenger ship that was traveling in the waters off the coast of Ireland. It was carrying 1,959 passengers including 128 Americans.
The Germans, who had a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare, torpedoed the Lusitania. The Lusitania sunk in 20 minutes. 1,198 people were killed including 128 Americans.
The U.S government was outraged at Germany for the sinking of the Lusitania. They complained and Germany promised not to sink anymore passenger ships.
On March 24th, 1916, Germany broke their promise. A German torpedo sunk the French passenger ship, The Sussex. This event killed 80 people including Americans.
In addition to sinking passenger ships, Germany tried to make an alliance with one of our boarding countries, Mexico. The Germans said if fighting was to break out, they would support Mexico in retaining the "Lost Territory".
On April 6th, 1917, The US entered the war. The US declared war on Germany. Their allies were Britain and France. The US would go on to have a huge impact in the war.
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