Should the United States fought in the Spanish-American War of 1898
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The main reason the US attacked Spain was The USS Maine, as most of you know, exploded in the Havana Harbor. After an official "investigation" the government said that the Maine was hit by a mine. They didn't call anyone out but everyone assumed it was Spain because they had control of Cuba at the time. So what happens? The US attacks Spain without actual proof. The best probable reason was the boiler exploded OR coal dust, which is combustible, built up and exploded. All it would take is a shovel hitting the floor and causing a spark.
I cannot give any other sources as I have gathered this information slowly over the years.
The 1898 Court of Inquiry headed by Captain William T. Sampson began its work on February 21. Survivors and eyewitnesses testified for the court, and several navy divers explored the sunken ship, hoping to find clues as to what may have caused the disaster. Though several volunteered, no experts outside the Navy were called upon for advice. The Sampson Board concluded that the Maine had been blown up by a mine, which in turn caused the explosion of her forward magazines. The official report from the board, which was presented to the Navy Department in Washington on March 25, specifically stated that, "The court has been unable to obtain evidence fixing the responsibility for the destruction of the Maine upon any person or persons." This, of course, did not stop the U.S. from pinning the destruction on the Spanish, and war was declared one month later.
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