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Baltimore Crisis

The 1891 Baltimore Crisis was a diplomatic incident between Chile and the United States. United States Secretary of State James Blaine attempted to aid the government of Chile in its unsuccessful attempt to quell a rebellion. the USS Charleston seized a rebel ship. In response, in Valparaiso, Chile, two sailors from the USS Baltimore were killed. The new Chilean government rejected American protests, but after United States President Benjamin Harrison sent a strong message to Congress, Chile apologized and paid $75,000 in compensation.