Domitila’s Nemesis –General Valeriano Weyler

Her nemesis, General Valeriano Weyler, like his hero William Tecumseh Sherman, wanted to burn down the Cuba that fought the Spanish forces, leaving no blade of grass or livestock available to the guerilla army, and he forbade the transport of food from one town to another. Instead, Weyler ordered special …

Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Starts the Revolution

The American Civil War concluded on May 9th, 1865, and the O’Reilly family, totally settled in their new home, lived a few blocks away from O’Reilly’s Hardware Store. In 1868, news came about the start of an independence movement in Cuba. William’s worries about staying in Cuba were vindicated. Months …

A SPLENDID LITTLE WAR!

For those of you who know nothing about Cuban history, let me set you straight.  Cubans were fighting Spain’s control over the island since at least 1868.  The fight continued until the Spanish-American war concluded in 1898.  The Americans fought the Spaniards for three months.  The Cuban patriots, called Mambises, …