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Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin
AmericaRace, Nation, and Community During the Liberal Period$
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Nicola Foote and Rene D. Harder Horst

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034874

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034874.001.0001

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

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

(p.59) 3 Afro-Cubans in Cuba's War for Independence, 1895–1898
Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

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University Press of Florida

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

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