Causes for Spanish American War Group 2 (Sinking of the USS Maine)
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On the night of February 15th, 1898, the United States battleship 'Maine' was entering Havana harbor.
Suddenly, the ship blew up by a mine which tore the bottom out and sank the ship, killing 260 officers and men on board.
Most of the Americans blamed the Spanish for the explosion while others believed that it might've been caused by a fire that ignited the ammunition stocks.
No one had ever established exactly what caused the explosion or who was responsible, but the consequence was the Spanish-American War of 1898.
Later on, the government in Spain declared war on the U.S on April 24th and then the U.S formally declared war on April 25th.
Finally, a peace treaty was signed in Paris in December. The U.S took the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the Pacific island of Guam, and achieved worldwide recognition as a great power while the Spain lost its last colonies in the New World.
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