Cuba in War Time


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When the revolution broke out in Cuba two years ago, the Spaniards at once began to build tiny forts, and continued to add to these and improve those already built, until now the whole island, which is eight hundred miles long and averages eighty miles in width, is studded as thickly with these little forts as is the sole of a brogan with iron nails. It is necessary to keep the fact of the existence of these forts in mind in order to understand the situation in Cuba at the present time, as they illustrate the Spanish plan ...

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Jun 28, 2015

Precursor to the Span Am War

Davis wrote this book prior to the Spanish American War in order to stir up sympathy (ie. raise awareness) of conditions in Cuba when it was under the Spanish regime. One of the most poignant chapters deals with the execution of an insurrectionist, "The Death of Rodriguez", detailing the actions of the soldiers and civilians involved in this incident. This chapter was repeated in a later anthology. An excellent window into the conditions and sentiments of that era.

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