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Cuba In The 19th Century

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In the early 19th century, European power was starting to exert influence so that American diplomats took new interest in Latin America. The second half of the 19th century found Spain holding tenuously to their empire Cuba and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean.
Meanwhile, in the U.S the expansionist mood was at a fever pitch with investment in a Cuban sugar and mining industries steadily rising. In 1870, a young Cuban Jose’ Marty had his first success as a rebel. He penned patriotic poem against Spanish rule. The Poem angered the Spanish government in Cuba, they jailed Marty for 4 months and sent him to exile. In 1894 Marty organizes a guerilla action, destroying U.S own sugarcane plantation. Hoping to provoke U.S intervention in the Cuba plate
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