Cuban Independence Analysis

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By the end of the 18th century things Latin America where beginning to change. No longer happy with the European control, the creole’s wished to reform the nations and push forward on their own terms . The result was about 16 years’ worth of war throughout the Continent, lasting from 1808 to 1824 . Although not every nation became a part of these revolutions, as Brazil and Cuba did not, the rest became “young republics” . But these republics were now tasked with a new challenge, to form there new identities. By revolting the republics had parted themselves from everything in their past lives, and now had to show who they truly were not that they were free. Around the same time though an increase in the book trade with Europe would expand…show more content…
Unlike the majority of other nations in the Americas, Cuba did not revolt against the Europeans . Instead it remained a “loyalist stronghold” . Creoles, elected to maintain the connection as it allowed them to preserve their “prosperous and expanding sugar trade” . Of course the trade was built on with slave labour . In “1846 36% of the population lived enslaved” . Furthermore despite the slave trade being illegal, the trade continued to restock creoles with new workers . Despite continuing the slave trade, Cuban elites began to fear the possibility of a slave rebellion. The elites need only to look over at the nearby Haiti to see the possibility. The growing fears of a black republic lead Cubans to state that Cuba would be either “Spanish or African” . The Cuban revolution would start on October 10 1868, and continue on until 1898 . Africans were an integral part of the revolutions military forces allowing them to have viable forces, as “at least 60% of [the] army was composed of men of color” . This itself appears to depict the importance of African presence on the revolution. In simply put without them there would be no revolution, as the revolutionary forces would be not be “viable” . Thus these former slave labourers were incredibly important to the…show more content…
With a revolution brewing, the oil companies began to look like safe havens . Additionally the companies offered the Huastects a greater than was possible income than through farming. The hiring of the Huastects, depicts a sharp contrast to previously racist notions. Although they may have done menial jobs, the hiring shows that Latin American nations, were willing to change in order to advance. The need for workers made it so that any labourer would be accepted and used in order to develop the nation. Thus Therefore, the act of “proletatintion”, deemed racial differences meaningless, in the name of
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