I feel that Spain was unjustly lured into the war with America. The Spanish Government already settled an agreement with Cuba stipulating the withdrawal of its troops but leaving a few to protect its business interest.
Granted, the Cuban rebels wanted them out of the country completely, and I do understand that Spain did do some “seperation” camps—which cannot be compared to what Hitler and other regimes did during the 20th century.
At this point, If Cuba would have been left alone, it would have received its full independence from Spain regardless, because during that time, Spain was going through a transformation of Government.
Thanks for the post. I understand that the explosion was a mystery yet Spain was blamed. Since Teddy Roosevelt was looking for a reason to invade Cuba he said Spain was responsible. The US would never make up an excuse to invade another country in this day and age would it?
remember cuba was the base for spains weapons of mass destruction ... (or was that weapons of mass delusion since spain was a has-been on the world scene, just didnt know it yet)
Agree, if it wasn’t the Maine, the US would have found another excuse - they really wanted Cuba.
You all need to read “Remember the Maine” by Peggy and Harold Samuels. Their were construction problems because concrete had to be added to make the ship float evenly. Roosevelt was assistant secretary of the Navy in 1898. His agenda was most certainly concern for how the Navy would look if the Maine blew herself up. It isn’t just a threat from Spain herself that would have planted a mine under the ship, it could have been Spanish Weylerites. Many possibilities….
in 1898 the uss maine was blown up off the coast of havan, cuba. 266 out of the 350 crew members who went to check on things died. at 9:40 pm the ship explodes because of what is said to be an unknown underwater mine of some sort. spain was blamed for this due to william randolph hearst’s idea of “yellow journalsim.” he once said “if you will furnish the pictures, i will furnish the war.” there is still an underlying mystery as to what actually occurred on the harbor that day. this is what i’ve learned in my 11th grade us history class. i dont know what happened. i wasn’t there man.
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