Chapter

The Pre-Occupation with Cuba

in Epidemic Invasions

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780226218113
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226218137 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226218137.003.0002
The Pre-Occupation with Cuba

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In the autumn of 1897, the southern United States were overcome by a terror that stopped the people living there in their tracks, the dreaded yellow fever had come back. Decades of experience had taught southern health officials the source of this epidemic: Cuba. Unlike previous episodes of infection, by the end of 1897 the U.S. government was determined to end the ongoing threat to the health and economy of the southern states posed by yellow fever in Cuba. The island would be invaded and the disease stamped out at its source. On April 25, 1898, the United States declared war on Spain, which itself was engaged in the Ten Years War with Cuba. The Spanish forces in Cuba, worn down by years of war with Cuban insurgents and ravaged by disease, quickly collapsed when faced by the fresh U.S. troops. By the end of July, the war in Cuba was effectively over.

Keywords: yellow fever; epidemic; United States; Cuba; Spain; Ten Years War

Chapter.  8743 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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