By Leslie Bethell
Cuba: a brief heritage brings jointly 4 chapters from Volumes three, five, and seven of The Cambridge historical past of Latin the United States to supply for students, scholars and basic readers a concise background of this significant island country. members, best students within the box, hint the political, monetary, and social improvement of Cuba from the center of the eighteenth century to the current day. The concluding bankruptcy, up to date for this quantity, considers the dilemmas and demanding situations that Castro's Cuba faces within the wake of the Soviet Union's cave in. each one bankruptcy is followed by way of a bibliographical essay that many readers will locate beneficial.
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C. 1860-c. 1930 25 Although confined to the eastern region of the island, the war lasted ten years and forced Spain to send over one hundred thousand troops to the 'ever faithful Cuba'. The rebels' courage and tenacity was aided by several basic factors. Peasant support and topographical knowledge gave them superior mobility. Often aware of Spanish troop movements, they could select the best zones for combat or concealment. They became experts in guerilla warfare with the Cuban climate their strongest ally.
Supported by some rich Cubans and the majority of Cuban tobacco workers in Florida, Marti laboriously gathered as much money as he could and worked feverishly to assemble supplies for the initial blow. In January 1895 military equipment for three expeditions was gathered at the port of Fernandina in Florida. Suddenly, on 14 January, the American authorities confiscated the ships and their materiel. This disaster drastically altered Marti's project and alerted the Spanish authorities to the magnitude of the conspiracy.
The following month Marti, who in defending the necessity of a civilian government capable of balancing the generals' power had clashed with General Maceo, was killed in a skirmish with the Spanish forces at Dos Rios. Marti's death deprived the rebellion of its most distinguished and respected civilian authority. Unrestrained by his presence, Generals Gomez and Maceo proceeded to organize a revolutionary government amenable to their ideas. Both recognized the need for a political organization which could obtain international acceptance and military assistance.
Cuba: A Short History (Cambridge History of Latin America) by Leslie Bethell