Afro-Cubans in Cuba's War for Independence, 1895–1898

Aline Helg

in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034874
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038438 | DOI:
Afro-Cubans in Cuba's War for Independence, 1895–1898

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This chapter explores Afro-Cubans' contribution to the war and some dimensions of their military experiences. It also discusses the concerns their massive participation raised among certain white separatist leaders who did not hesitate to jeopardize Cuba Libre's most decisive victory against Spain—Maceo's invasion of the western part of the island—and to lobby for U.S. intervention in order to limit the revolutionary movement. Until 1895, white Cuban's fears of a black takeover similar to the Haitian Revolution hampered the nation's struggle against Spanish colonialism.

Keywords: Afro-Cubans; Cuban War for Independence; Spanish colonialism; separatist leaders; white Cubans; military struggle

Chapter.  10472 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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