hist 500- ferrer paper

hist 500- ferrer paper - Susan Martinez December 1, 2011...

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Susan Martinez December 1, 2011 Hist 0500: History of Colonial Latin America Ferrer Paper The Cuban Revolution was a revolution noted for many aspects unalike those of the Age of Revolution. Features such as the late act upon revolution from Spain due to loyalty and the ideology of a raceless nation separate Cuba from other Latin American nations who have declared themselves independent from Spain. “In an age of ascendant racism, as scientists weighed skulls and as white mobs in the U.S. South lynched blacks, Cuba’s rebel leaders denied the existence of race, and a powerful multiracial army waged anticolonial war” (1). Cuba’s Revolution some scholars may argue took a span of 30 years, given the years of war and the time it took to arrive to independence, while other scholars argue that it had duration of 100 years because of the reign of Fidel Castro and the time it took for the United States to step in. “Thus if anticolonial struggle between 1868 and 1898 was reduced to roughly four months of the Spanish- American War in imperial nomenclature, in the new revolutionary lexicon it became ‘one hundred years of struggle’ – from the first anticolonial uprising in 1868 to the revolutionary present of the 1960s” (6). All in all, the uprising of Cuba towards Spain stemmed from different motivations and internal divisions that led to their current state of a racelessness nation. The uprising of Cubans towards Spain was a surprise to everyone, for “Cuba’s nineteenth-century revolution emerged from a society that seemed highly unrevolutionary – a society that in the political ferment of the Age of Revolutions earned the designation ‘the ever- faithful isle” (1). “…in the face of potential social revolution, creole [Cuban-born] elites opted to maintain the colonial bond with Spain. With that bond, they preserved as well a
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prosperous and expanding sugar industry built on the labor of enslaved Africans. After the Haitian Revolution of 1791, Cuba replaced colonial St. Domingue as the
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