The sparking of warfare between two or more parties that tend to clash with each other upon the pretext of a particular contention in possible concern to racial, political or national ideological is something that the world has experienced frequently over the course of written history. More often than not, moreover, these wars have come to a grudging end as a result of the signing of various treatises and agreements based on propagating lasting peace between the number of parties involved in the particular war. We will, however, consider the chain of events leading up to and continuing during the war before addressing the relevance of such documents in concern to the Spanish American War. Take into consideration, for instance, the fact the Spanish American war; a war incepted primarily as a result of the [still unresolved] sinking of a US Battleship within the water of Havana on a peace mission.
The Spanish American War: the triggering mechanism
The USS Maine was destroyed in the Havana harbor, Cuba, on February 15, 1898. The USS Maine was a second-class battleship that had been built between 1888 and 1895. The battleship was sent to Havana during the first month of the year 1898, one of the prime factors for this initiative on the part of the US navy being to protect American interests within and during the long-standing revolt of the Cubans against the Spanish government. On the evening of the 15 of the very next month [February], however, the forward gunpowder magazines of the Maine exploded, consequently causing her to rapidly descend in an inferno that left nearly three-quarters of the battleship's crew dead (The Naval Historical Center, 1998). In spite of the fact that the precise cause of this momentous tragedy remains unsettled to this day, contemporary American popular opinion [at the time] fervently blamed Spain. It was barely surprising, thus, that [the Spanish American] war followed within a few... [continues]
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