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We arrived at Central Park’s southeast entrance, but then walked the southern perimeter, past the carriage horses and entered from the southwest, near the Merchants’ Gate entrance. This imposing monument, with layers upon layers of history and art, is the USS Maine National Monument. Dedicated in 1913, this monument is a tribute to the 261 sailors and ship personnel who gave their lives aboard the USS Maine when the ship exploded in Havana Harbor in 1898.

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