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The Empire’s Cuban Colony 1898-1959

Tales of the American Empire

The Cuban struggle for independence in the 1890s was closely covered by the American press. Some newspapers agitated for American intervention and featured sensational stories of Spanish atrocities against the native Cuban population. Spain posed no threat to the United States, but Cuba had very profitable plantations coveted by American tycoons. On February 15, 1898, the US Navy warship USS Maine was visiting Havana harbor and was rocked by an explosion, killing 260 of the crew and sinking the ship. America’s ruling class used this incident and their money and media to pressure the US Congress to declare war on Spain to seize Cuba.

March 27, 2020 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation, Militarism, Timeless or most popular, Video, War Crimes | ,

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  1. “The Cuban struggle for independence in the 1890s was closely covered by the American press. Some newspapers agitated for American intervention and featured sensational stories of Spanish atrocities against the native Cuban population. Spain posed no threat to the United States, but Cuba had very profitable plantations coveted by American tycoons”

    Gee, nothing has changed in 130 years, with the Media being crucial to the success of the Tycoons coveting “thy neighbours goods”.
    “Propaganda’s good…..Propaganda’s right…..Propaganda works”!……….

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | March 27, 2020 | Reply


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