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Posted April 30, 2003 by publisher in Cuban History

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Early 1900s photo showing remains of battleship USS Maine sunk in Havana Harbor | a catalyst to the start of the Spanish American War of 1898.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on February 01, 2004 by Dana

    In what year did the USS Maine sink?


  2. Follow up post #2 added on February 10, 2004 by keri

    febuary 15th 1898


  3. Follow up post #3 added on March 08, 2004 by C.J.

    hey i was just wondering if any one could give me some good quick info. on this i am trying to find info on this stuff if any one can help tat would be great! thanks


  4. Follow up post #4 added on August 05, 2004 by CG

    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.


  5. Follow up post #5 added on October 28, 2004 by EK

    feb 15 1898 the USS maine sunk


  6. Follow up post #6 added on October 28, 2004 by EK

    Anyone know where i can find anything saying it was the construction problems that made the maine blow up?


  7. Follow up post #7 added on January 31, 2007 by Emily

    I had to watch a video in class and it was said to be that the furnace was over loaded with coal and the furnace/boiler was right next to the guns and weapons….so there you go


  8. Follow up post #8 added on January 31, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    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?



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  9. Follow up post #9 added on November 28, 2007 by yvonne

    how did the u.s.s manie blow up plz


  10. Follow up post #10 added on November 28, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    The US says that it hit a mine or a floating mine hit it. Some say it was a boiler explosion and that the US used it as an excuse to start the Spanish American war.



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  11. Follow up post #11 added on November 29, 2007 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    definitely was an excuse, no matter which (in my opinion)


  12. Follow up post #12 added on March 27, 2008 by heidi

    how long was the maine in havana harbor before it blew up?????


  13. Follow up post #13 added on August 25, 2008 by Anna McClendon

    what made the USS Maine sink?


  14. Follow up post #14 added on August 25, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    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.


  15. Follow up post #15 added on December 03, 2008 by Kare

    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….


  16. Follow up post #16 added on December 14, 2008 by kelsi

    why did the cubans blow up the maine??????????


  17. Follow up post #17 added on December 22, 2008 by Bryan

    People say that it floated over a mine. Others say it could have been an old war missle that happened to launch underwater right into the base of the USS Maine.


  18. Follow up post #18 added on December 29, 2008 by Dewey (not related to the Admiral)

    Regardless of how the Maine went to the bottom—there were helpless American Sailors who died that day.  Someone had to pay for that!!


  19. Follow up post #19 added on January 09, 2009 by Emily

    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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