Causes for Spanish American War Group 2 (Sinking of the USS Maine)

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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