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MatanzasThe Cuba Nobody Knows$
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Miguel A. Bretos

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813038100

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813038100.001.0001

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The City Sleeps

The City Sleeps

(p.189) 13 The City Sleeps

MIGUEL A. Bretos

University Press of Florida

The war for independence devastated Matanzas seemingly in vain, for its immediate result was foreign military occupation. When the Cuban Republic was proclaimed in 1902, the Platt Amendment, an appendix to the Cuban constitution, authorized the United States to intervene in Cuba under certain circumstances. Matanzas was fortunate and fared well under its American military governor during the occupation, Gen. James H. Wilson. During the years of the early republic, it became attractive to evangelical missionaries. A degree of material progress—Matanzas was the first Cuban city to offer an electrical streetcar service—disguised the town's decline from its former glories. Matanzas became Cuba's “ciudad dormida” (“sleeping city”).

Keywords:   Platt Amendment, evangelicals, James H. Wilson, material progress, streetcars

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