During the last third of the century, José D. Poyo and other nationalist leaders walked a fine line between their revolutionary goals and the interests of their Anglo-American hosts. Over time their interests diverged causing ethnic tensions which became especially evident in 1894 when Key West endured an economic and political crisis that nearly destroyed the Cuban revolutionary community. A sharp economic depression and Cuban labor unrest caused Anglo-American leaders to contract directly with Spanish workers in Havana, which sparked a confrontation with the Cuban Revolutionary Party (PRC). A mass exodus of Cuban manufacturers, workers, and political leaders to Tampa and other communities left Key West economically crippled and the PRC depleted; the number of clubs declined and the contributions in the factories almost ceased. Despite the difficulties, José D. Poyo and the remaining local leadership succeeded in reconsolidating a now smaller but equally militant community in support of Cuban independence.
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