“Remember the Maine!” was the rally cry for which war? – 2017


“Remember the Maine!” was the rally cry for which war?

Spanish–American War

Answer: The battleship USS Maine is best known for her catastrophic loss in Havana Harbor on the evening of February 15, 1898 (119 years ago today). Sent to protect U.S. interests during the Cuban revolt against Spain, she exploded suddenly without warning and sank quickly, killing nearly three quarters of her crew. Popular opinion in the U.S blamed Spain. The phrase “Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain!” became a rallying cry for action, which came with the Spanish–American War later that year.

The Spanish–American War (Spanish: Guerra hispano-estadounidense or Guerra hispano-americana; Filipino: Digmaang Espanyol-Amerikano) was a conflict fought between Spain and the United States in 1898. Hostilities began in the aftermath of the internal explosion of the USS Maine in Havana harbor in Cuba leading to United States intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. American acquisition of Spain’s Pacific possessions led to its involvement in the Philippine Revolution and ultimately in the Philippine–American War.

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