Cuban Fight for Independence: The End of Spanish Control
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By the 1890s, the only remaining Spanish colonies in the Western Hemisphere were Cuba and Puerto Rico. The former was of great interest to the United States because of a profitable trade in sugar. The relationship deteriorated quickly, however, following enactment of the Wilson-Gorman Tariff in 1894, which removed Cuban sugar from the free list. The resulting duties severely impacted the sugar business in Cuba and sparked a widespread depression. In 1895, the harsh economic conditions touched off another in a series of insurrections by the native people against the Spanish government.
William McKinley took office in early 1897 and made it known that he favored neutrality in the fight between Spain and its colony. An increasing segment of American public opinion differed with the president, however, due in large part to calculated efforts of the yellow press to stir up hatred against the Spanish.
In late 1897 and early 1898, it appeared that McKinley’s peace efforts had succeeded. Spain had been persuaded to liberalize its regime in Cuba.
Struggle for Cuban Independence and Identity
... Excerpt from the diary of General Máximo Gómez, one of the fathers of Cuban Independence | General Máximo Gómez speaks to the troops - 11/30/1895 | Letter from General Gómez to Estrada Palma Official proclamations issued on July 1 and ...
Fighting for Humanity
Fighting for Humanity CONTENTS Sketch of International Committee Efforts Unified General Howard's Headquarters Fourth of July General Joseph Wheeler Railway Sabbath An Odd Chapel A Model Camp Changes at Tampa The Niagara and her Freightage ...
Images from Cuban History: After the War of Independence
Independence Gallery Images from Cuba's struggle for independence Previous | Next José Martí | Antonio Maceo | General Máximo Gómez | Mambises | Other leaders | Campos and Weyler | War | Havana Harbor | Reconcentrados | After the War Early ...