Monument to the Victims of the USS Maine (Havana)

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The monument around 1930.

The Monument to the Victims of the USS Maine (Spanish: Monumento a las víctimas del Maine) was built in 1926 in on the Malecón boulevard at the end of Línea street, in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, Cuba, built in honor of the American sailors that died in the explosion of the USS Maine in 1898, which served as the pretext for the United States to declare war on Spain thus starting the Spanish-American War. The ship had anchored at Havana three weeks prior at the request of American consul Fitzhugh Lee.

Built in 1926 the monument was crowned with an American eagle which had its wings extended vertically, which allowed a cyclone to damage the monument.

There were originally three busts of Americans: President William McKinley, who declared war on Spain; Leonard Wood, first military governor in Cuba, and President Theodore Roosevelt.

On 18 January 1961, after the Cuban revolution, the eagle and busts of the Americans were removed. The following inscription was added:

To the victims of the Maine who were sacrificed by the imperialist voracity and their desire to gain control of the island of Cuba
February 1898-February 1961

(A las víctimas de El Maine que fueron sacrificadas por la voracidad imperialista en su afán de apoderarse de la isla de Cuba.
Febrero 1898-Febrero 1961
)

The monument today

Other monuments to the USS Maine are located in the U.S. including: Columbus Circle in New York City; Key West; Arlington National Cemetery; and Annapolis. (See USS Maine: Memorials)

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