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13 anniversary, destruction of the U.S.S. Maine, 1911.
The 13th anniversary of the destruction of the U.S.S. Maine, Havana Harbor, February 15, 1911

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U.S.S. Maine Was Sunk
February 15, 1898

After an official investigation, the U.S. Navy reported that the ship had been blown up by a mine. The Navy did not blame any person or country for the explosion. Who was to blame? Spain controlled Cuba at the time. So, was it Cuba, or Spain, or was it an accident? Many people in the United States blamed Spain (Today, however, many historians believe a malfunction in the ship caused the explosion). The relationship between Spain and the U.S. became so strained that they could no longer discuss the situation. By the end of April, the Spanish-American War had begun.
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