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Introduction

Jana K. Lipman

in Guantanamo

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255395
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942370 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255395.003.0001
Introduction

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Robert Duncan's parents were born in Jamaica and migrated to Cuba looking for work like thousands of British West Indians in the early twentieth century. Robert explained that his parents were apolitical and conservative and, like many West Indians of the era, chose to remain outside of Cuban politics. In 1958, Cuban rebels camped out in the nearby hills surrounding the city of Guantánamo. Robert decided to run off and join the revolutionaries at sixteen. His choice caused conflict and debates within his family, but Robert insisted. He was born in Cuba, and he wanted to join the struggle. He could reel off a list of his compañeros who were also descendants of West Indians with ties to the base. Robert had regular contact with the naval base and was accustomed to military culture and discipline. He remained a career army officer, training in Moscow and serving with distinction as a lieutenant colonel in Angola.

Keywords: Robert Duncan; Jamaica; Cuba; Guantánamo; Moscow

Chapter.  7127 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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