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    USS Maine Defeat

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    The USS Maine was the first massive battleship to join the US navy fleet. It weighed more than 6,000 tons and cost more than $4 million to build. In a friendly manner, it was sent to Cuba to protect American concerns about US citizens and US interests. Later on, a fight between the Americans and Spanish broke out, beginning in Havana, in January 1898. “An explosion sunk the ship killing 260 Americans on board the vessel. A U.S naval court ruled that the sinking of the ship was caused by a sea mine explosion (Second-Class Battleship Maine 1895)”. However, the Congress and most Americans blamed the Spanish government for the incident. Diplomacy failed to resolve the conflict which eventually lead to a declaration of war. As Spain continued to suppress the Cuban rebellion, Americans continued losing their assets. In April 1898, the Spanish-American War broke out. Within three months, The US won the war, on the sea and land. In December of the same year, a treaty was signed between the United States of America and Spain to, officially, end the…

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    USS Maine Is To Blame

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    The USS Maine was one of the first ships to be built by the United States for the navy. It was the second battleship to be designed and built in the United States. Other battleships from this time were designed based on foreign ships, and were contracted to be built in other countries. The USS Maine was an item of the pride for the United States, and it was used in many ceremonies. It was taken up and down the east coast to be shown to the American people. It even took part in the Mardi Gras…

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    American Superpower

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    The Explosion of an American Superpower At the end of the 19 century, America was becoming a formidable superpower, she had reached the limits of her national frontier, and had achieved the manifest destiny. As any up and coming superpower would do, she turned her interests to the international scale. The sinking of the USS Maine on February 15th 1898, which killed 260 U.S Navy servicemen. This attack on American servicemen gave America the excuse it needed to get involved in a foreign war, and…

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    The Impact of the Spanish-American War The Spanish-American War was the clash between the United States and the Spanish Kingdom. The war started when Cuba wanted independence from Spain. Spain’s attempts to layoff the rebellion were addressed in the United States newspapers. Their curiosity sparked. After the anonymous sinking of the USS Maine in Cuba in Havana Harbor, United States’ intervention became a popular and growing command. The War ended when America gained possession of territories…

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    the USS Maine in Havana Harbor, Cuba? Jill Kauffman makes a very well thought out viewpoint on this controversial topic, which is due to the 250 men that were killed as a result. In her article “Battleship Maine Explosion”, she goes into much detail providing each side a fair opportunity, giving much needed information to form a conclusion. Kauffman states that, “On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine sank in Havana harbor, Cuba, after an explosion destroyed the front part of the ship” (1). The…

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    The Rise of American Imperialism in the Spanish-American War This historical analysis will define the rise of American imperialism in the Spanish-American War of 1898. During the late 1890s, the growth of American military intervention had become a part of the political and economic factors that allowed the invasion of Cuba during the Spanish-American war. President McKinley was initially reluctant to engage in an international war with Spain, yet pressure from pro-war political parties,…

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    expansion with a major focus on Latin America. Banks and corporations invested heavily in new markets, raw materials and profits. By 1895 profits made out of US- Cuban trade was about 100 million dollars a year. The US investment in Cuban sugar, mining and tobacco amounted to 50 million, some thought only 30 million. Neither justified United States intervention in the Cuban War of independence. Soon emerging imperialistic sentiment in the US combined with bias journalism to promote sympathy…

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    EQ: For what reasons did The United States fight in the Spanish-American War? B. Summary of Evidence- 526 In June of 1897, the “US Navy [adopted] plans for the Spanish War.” For 113 days “the United States was at war with Spain. Neither the president of the United States nor his cabinet nor the Queen Regent of Spain nor her ministers wanted the war." Both governments worked hard to “avert a war over Cuba but American sympathy towards the rebels sparked as much indignation among Spaniards as…

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    Silver Vs. Gold Argument

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    1890’s, the U.S. had more interests and investments in Cuba than the Spanish, who greatly mistreated Cuba. Beyond that, however, certain events elevated the friction between the two nations, to the breaking point of war. One incident that offended and enraged many Americans, was the de Lôme letter, in which the Spanish minister Enrique de Lôme criticized President McKinley as being weak and acting for the approval of the crowd. This letter alone would not have sprung Americans into a battle…

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    contributed to the Spanish American war, some of these causes were Yellow journalism, sinking of the U.S.S Maine and the De Lome letter, but there are plenty more causes that contribute to the war. Yellow journalism is the use of sensationalized, and exaggerated reporting by newspaper or magazines to attract readers. Yellow journalism was used by many news reporters to exaggerate in their news reports or magazines to make them look interesting. Many of the journalist would often criticize the…

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