The Cuban Identity: truly their own? Essay

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The Cuban Identity: truly their own? The United States became involved with Cuba's independence struggle with Spain because they had a keen interest in extending their power into offshore colonies. Cuba's sugar trade was a valuable commodity and served as another interest for the United States intervention in the war against Spain in 1898. Although the war had started three years prior to the United States' declaration of war on Spain, they began to exert their influence and power over the colony by infusing a government structured by appointees of President William McKinley. These authorities created the interim Cuban government as a subset of the United States and the politics and social structures of which resembled the United …show more content…
It may have been for this reason that General Wood replaced Brooke as the new military governor in December 1899. As the political structure of Cuba became more sturdy, Woods kept his stance as a republican in the United States and was in favor of restricting of limiting black suffrage to those who owned property of at least two hundred and fifty dollars, could read and write, or had documentation of fighting in the war (187). Although this restriction is largely an aspect of the social structure in Cuba, this had major political implications for Wood and forming a Cuban government. These restrictions were in place in 1900 but by limiting the voting public, there was only one third of the male population for their first election (202). It was becoming more apparent that the restrictions that worked in the United States were not going to be suitable for Cuba. An uprising of the men who did not fit the requirements began to petition the government to allow them suffrage and without the strong support of the United States to take Cuba as a colony, Wood was forced to grant universal voting rights for males of Cuba. After two years and the Cuban Constitutional Convention, the Cubans had their own government and the United States attempt to mimic its own political system had not happened in the manner that was expected. The social structure of Cuba changed from under Spanish rule to the military government of the US and finally

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