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USS Maine BB-1 "Remember the Maine!

SP100 Battleship Maine resin kit. $110.00
model by James Coleman this model is 11" long
If you have never built a resin kit you'll need this book.


Short History of the USS Maine

The Spanish-American War (21 April to 13 August 1898) was a turning point in the history of the United States, signalling the country's
emergence as a world power. The blowing up of the battleship USS Maine in Havana harbor on the evening of 15 February was a
critical event on the road to that war. In order to understand the role the ship's destruction played in the start of the war, one must
know the context in which the event took place.

Tensions between Spain and the United States rose out of the attempts by Cubans to liberate their island from the control of the Spanish.
The first Cuban insurrection was unsuccessful and lasted between 1868 and 1878. American sympathies were with the revolutionaries,
and war with Spain nearly erupted when the filibuster ship Virginius was captured and most of the crew (including many American citizens)
were executed. The Cuban revolutionaries continued to plan and raise support in the United States.

The second bid for independence by Cuban revolutionaries began in April 1895. The Spanish government reacted by sending
 General Valeriano Weyler y Nicolau with orders to pacify the island. The "Butcher," as he became known in the U.S.,
determined to deprive the rebels of support by forcibly reconcentrating the civilian population in the troublesome districts to
areas near military headquarters. This policy resulted in the starvation and death of over 100,000 Cubans. Outrage in many
sectors of the American public, fueled by stories in the "Yellow Press," put pressure on Presidents Grover Cleveland and
William McKinley to end the fighting in Cuba. American diplomacy, along with the return of the Liberal Party to power in Spain,
 led to the recall of General Weyler. However, beset by political enemies at home, the new Spanish government was too weak to
enact meaningful reforms in Cuba. Limited autonomy was promised late in 1897, but the U.S. government was mistrustful,
and the revolutionaries refused to accept anything short of total independence.