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USS Maine definition


The USS Maine was a United States Navy battleship named after the state of Maine. It was commissioned in 1895 and was primarily stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The ship is best known for its tragic sinking in Havana Harbor, Cuba on February 15, 1898, which led to the United States' declaration of war against Spain and the start of the Spanish-American War. The cause of the explosion that sunk the Maine is still unknown, but many historians believe it was accidental rather than a deliberate attack by the Spanish. A total of 266 crew members died in the tragedy. The remains of the ship were raised in 1911 and sunk off the coast of Florida as a target during naval exercises. The sinking of the USS Maine remains a significant event in American history and is often cited as a key factor in propelling the United States onto the world stage as a major naval power.