16 FEBRUARY 2018 - SHIPS DECK LOG FROM PARIAH DOCK
The loss of the USS Maine heightened the tension between the United States and Spain. Cuba was a Spanish colony and the island was gripped in a rebellion against Spain. USS Maine was in Havana to protect U.S. interests.
The treaty was signed on December 10, 1898, and ended the Spanish–American War, Cuba then gained formal independence from the U.S. on May 20, 1902, as the Republic of Cuba.
The United States assumed territorial control over the US Guantánamo Bay Naval Base and Harbor under a 1903 Lease agreement that still stands.