By John L. Offner
Offner clarifies the complicated kin of the USA, Spain, and Cuba top as much as the Spanish-American struggle and contends that the warfare used to be now not sought after by means of any of the events yet used to be still unavoidable. He indicates ultimate around of peace negotiations failed largely simply because inner political constraints constrained diplomatic flexibility.
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3 There were many causes of the Cuban revolution. Working-class Cubans existed in extreme poverty on the fringe of the sugar and tobacco industries. Recently freed slaves faced continued economic and social repression. Social and economic injustice fed the long-smoldering political sources of rebellion. The 1890s depression caused additional economic hardship. Many Cuban leaders who had started the 1860s rebellion and who now lived in exile in Spanish America or the United States still longed for independence.
The order was first directed at only a portion of the island, but in a few months it was expanded to include most of the island’s rural population. He also called for a cessation of sugar production and tobacco exports in an effort to prevent Cuban planters from bribing insurgents to allow their businesses to operate. Weyler’s directives, added to those of Gómez, rapidly reduced the island’s productive capacity. More important than the collapse of the economy was the plight of unemployed reconcentrados in the fortified towns.
Quesada was also young and carried into prominence by the independence movement. He frequently represented the Cubans, meeting in Washington with American congressmen sympathetic to the island’s independence. All together, the Cuban organization was popularly known as the Junta. It promoted the revolution through public appeals, meetings, financial campaigns, press releases, political lobbying, and outfitting filibustering expeditions for Cuba. 11 The success of the military efforts in Cuba and the political and financial support overseas were impressive but inadequate to win Cuban independence.