How Did Cuba Fight For Independence

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In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba. At this time, people in Cuba lived by farming various crops, including cassava and tobacco. Nineteen years later, Diego Velasquez conquered Cuba for Spain. The people in Cuba mostly exported sugar farmed by slaves in the 1700s. In the early 1800s, however, the people of Cuba sought independence. In 1868, the first war for independence began when Carlos Manuel de Cespedes freed his slaves. Despite losing the war, the people of Cuba abolishes slavery twenty years later. In 1895, Cuba once again fought for independence, having more success due to the United States stepping in, causing Spain to withdraw from the fighting. Cuba remained poor, despite efforts to westernize. In 1924, Gerardo
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