The Sinking of the USS Maineby Samuel Willard Crompton
Early in 1898, the battleship USS Maine was sent to Havana to protect U.S. interests in Cuba. In truth, this action was a blatant effort to force Spain to change its colonial policies. On the night of February 15, 1898, the Maine blew up in Havana Harbor, with the loss of 260 lives. Although the exact cause of the explosion remains unknown, the loss of the Maine became a rallying point for Americans who sought war against Spain. As the cry "Remember the Maine" swept the country, President William McKinley sent an ultimatum to Madrid, which led directly to a U.S. declaration of war against Spain in April. This book examines the historical circumstances that led up to the destruction of the Maine, the immediate aftermath, and the long-term consequences.
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