Four Centuries of Spanish Rule in Cuba; Or, Why We Went to War with Spain; A Historical Sketch

Four Centuries of Spanish Rule in Cuba; Or, Why We Went to War with Spain; A Historical Sketch

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...Banks and General Logan, in ardent appeals in behalf of the recognition of the Cubans asbelligerents, declared that we were guilty ofI their slaughter and of the sacrifice of liberty in America if we did not interfere. General Banks said that the prayers of the people of this country for the success of the Cubans were well nigh universal. Mr. Sumner also offered resolutions declaring "the sympathy of the people of the United States with their fellow-Americans in Cuba," and deploring the ferocity of Cuban warfare on both sides. Mr. Cox, of New York, in January, 1872, introduced in the House of Representatives a. resolution recognizing the independence of the Island, in consequence of eight students at Havana having been shot for a mere boyish freak; again, on December 27, 1873, he offered a resolution acknowledging the belligerency of the revolutionists, but the House refused to consider it by a vote of 153 to 44. In fact all such resolutions always failed to pass either one or the other branch of Congress, or both, and very properly, since the independence of a country and the belligerency of those who endeavor to establish it are not to be acknowledged by other countries merely because it is a matter of right; the power to enforce that right must be shown, and the possession of an organization capable, not only nominally but in reality, of conducting effectively all the civil functions of a government must be proved to complete satisfaction. This the Cuban insurgents never could do, and consequently, notwithstanding our desire of helping their cause, their belligerency and the independence of the Island were never acknowledged. In the year 1873, an event occurred which because of the interest which it excited in this country...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236882229
  • 9781236882226