Cuba and the Spanish War

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DESCRIPCION: La situación de Cuba, última colonia española en América, conmovía los pensamientos y sentimientos de los hispanoamericanos hacia finales del siglo XIX. La preciada isla caribeña se esforzaba por independizarse. La metrópolis peninsular se aferraba con todas sus fuerzas a ese espacio histórico que representaba su pasado glorioso. Pero los tiempos habían cambiado. Las motivaciones libertarias nutrían las esperanzas de los modernos cubanos. Quienes, sin percibir las consecuencias, apelaron al poderoso aliado con que contaban. EE.UU. no desperdiciaría la oportunidad para demostrarle al mundo occidental, quien tutelaría los destinos del continente americano. Mendoza, lejana ciudad del Oeste argentino, conoció las alternativas de dicho proceso, a través del único periódico de la época: "Los Andes", quien también reflejó la opinión de criollos y de inmigrantes. HISTORIA
Durante el siglo XIX y parte del siglo XX, el desarrollo de Cuba estuvo ligado a dos factores: la producción azucarera y la vecindad con EEUU, quien además fijaba el precio del azúcar. A cambio le vendía productos manufacturados a menor precio.
Cuba era, hacia 1860, la más rica y poblada de las dos colonias que le quedaban a Españaen América. Pero a partir de esa fecha, enfrentaría serios problemas económicos y políticos.
Muchos hacendados ya habían iniciado la mecanización de la industria para modernizarla, pero la debilidad económica de España, "y en concreto su carencia de refinerías de azúcar, así como su incapacidad para absorber la producción azucarera de Cuba, hacían cada vez más evidente el dilema colonial de Cuba: una creciente dependencia económica de mercados y tecnología que la metrópoli no podía proporcionarle" (1).
Una minoría de cubanos era partidaria de la independencia. "Algunos de ellos, bajo la influencia del…...

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