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, …

The Pact of Zanjon Ends 10 Years’ War

The Pact of Zanjon ended the armed conflict of Cubans for independence from Spain, a struggle that lasted from 1868 to 1878.  On February 10, 1878, a group of negotiators representing the rebels gathered in Zanjon, a village in Camaguey Province, and signed the document offered them by the Spanish …

BIG SUGAR AND THE BLACK HEADACHE

BIG SUGAR AND THE BLACK HEADACHE: Cuba in 1803 was dominated by expanding sugar production.  Slavery played a part in this growth as did the relentless focus on improving the island’s sugar technology.  Sugar was Cuba’s most important export, along with tobacco and coffee.  All three agricultural products required many …

IT WAS NOT A ‘SPLENDID LITTLE WAR’

October ushers in Hispanic Heritage Month, so it’s a good time to study the Spanish American War and its impact on Cuba.  I reflected on this as I watched the Ken Burns PBS special on the Roosevelt family; it kicked off with Teddy Roosevelt and his adventure in Cuba as a Rough Rider. …