US Intervention in Latin America Week 2-2 Cuba and Pre-Spanish American War

US Intervention in Latin America Week 2-2 Cuba and Pre-Spanish American War

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Cuba 1. Benefits of Cuba o Good for expansion for southerners because it catered to slavery o Because Cuba was a colony, purchase was a possibility o Strategically important because it sat in the Caribbean and entrance to the Gulf of Mexico o For the north - it offered a site for exporting emancipated slaves 2. US attempts o 1848 - Polk offers $100 million but Spain refuses because it was the only profitable colony it had left o US interest increases because of fear of it getting independence or being sold 3. Ostend Manifesto (1854) o During Pierce's presidency a manifesto on how to take Cuba is written up. It gets intercepted and published o Argued that because of its location, Cuba belonged to the US meaning if Spain would not sell, we have the right to seize it o The seize would be justified because it posed a security threat from slave revolts (tearing down a neighbor's burning house) o In actuality this was just extortion and when published Pierce had to disavow recommendations Other areas considered
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US Intervention in Latin America Week 2-2 Cuba and Pre-Spanish American War

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