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The USS Maine Transforming the United States In to a World Power It was a cold winter evening when three hundred and fifty sailors aboard the USS Maine were awoken by a series of mysterious explosions Though the crew was unaware of what was happening they knew that the ship where they lay their heads each night was immediately descending towards the ocean floor The explosion of the USS Maine occurred late at 945 on February 15 1989 Although the destruction of the Maine was potentially caused by a mutant accident the United States placed the blame on Spain creating a prime factor for the inauguration of the Spanish American War After the USS Maine had been demolished the incident gave the United States a reason to enter the Spanish American War and presented many opportunities for the United States to expand its territories followed by the establishment of an empire The Spanish American War allowed other countries to view the United States as an imperialistic country by presenting the opportunity for the nation to gain courage and capability needed to seize territories across seas The sinking of the USS Maine was the catalyst for the United States entrance into the Spanish American War and its eventual victory ultimately resulted in the United States development as a world powerBefore the sinking of The Maine tensions between Spain and America were steadily increasing For many years Cuba struggled to gain independence from Spain and out of pity the United States wanted to help release the Cubans from Spanish control Many Americans resided on the island when Cuba had its rebellious outbursts against Spain For safety President McKinley ordered Captain Sigsbee to navigate the USS Maine into the Havana Harbor as a source of protection for the American people who lived in Cuba Although Captain Sigsbee ordered his crew to stay on board
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