By Clifford L. Staten
Cuba is far greater than cigars, vintage cars, and Castro. This outstanding state has had a protracted historical past of family members with greater political powers that have been attracted to the island as a result of its precious assets and strategic place. Ties among Cuba and the USA were robust because the mid-nineteenth century, and the subject of U.S. dominance over the island and its humans is a main ancient point of view. Cuba's heritage is advised in 8 chronological chapters, from its earliest days as a Spanish colony, via its wars for independence and the U.S. profession within the 20th century to Batista, the chilly conflict, and the so-called "Special Period," while Cuba confronted the challenge of the downfall of the Soviet Union. With distinct emphasis at the 20th century, the Castro period, and U.S.-Cuba relatives, this is often the main available and present heritage of Cuba on hand.
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Naval intelligence had prepared a war plan against Spain. General Weyler concentrated on trying to isolate Maceo in the west. He hired Cuban counterguerrillas to ﬁght against the rebels. He devised a plan in which people were forced into internment centers (concentration camps) throughout the island and anyone outside these centers was considered to be a rebel. Local Spanish commanders were given the power to execute rebels and anyone who refused to relocate to these centers. Rural villages and homes were destroyed by the Spanish.
12 Creole planters encouraged the governor to “turn a blind eye” to the ban and it was common practice for illegal slave traders regularly to pay tribute or bribes to the governors and captain-generals in Cuba after 1820. During the ﬁrst two decades of the century, the price of coffee remained high and many coffee planters saw no reason to plant sugar cane. Coffee plantations (cafetales) were largely the result of the French exodus from St. Domingue. The best coffee growing regions were in Pinar del Rı´o, the area southwest of Havana and the region around Santiago.
He gained the admiration of his own troops, fear from the Spanish troops and, at the same time, he became a threat to the more conservative rebel leadership who opposed him on the slavery issue. Maceo freed many slaves who rallied behind the rebel 34 The History of Cuba cause in the east. The rebels controlled much of the eastern countryside while the Spanish controlled the cities. Neither side could win a decisive victory. Brutality and arbitrary executions were common. The symbol of the war became the machete.
The History of Cuba (Palgrave Essential Histories) by Clifford L. Staten