After the explosion of the uss Maine many american publishers wrote thinking that the spanish had placed bombs under the bay to further in fluince them both into war even though the spanish really did not do anything.
Spanish blamed for the attack
The Spanish were strongly blamed for the attack when really it was not them. an journalist wrote that it was the Spanish when really it was not.
The Lome letter
This letter was a letter from Spain for the request to not be involved with the explosion. They repeted to the us government that they did bomb the ship. This just made the us government more angry further leading to war.