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VISIONS OF THE CARIBBEAN

Cuban snipers
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M. Oramay.
L'insurrection de Cuba: un Combat dans les Palmiers.
Paris: L'Illustration, 1895.

Cuban civil war broke out in 1895, brought on by economic suffering and long simmering political discontent. The uprising turned into a fierce war. Cubans systematically destroyed sugar mills, sugarcane fields and other Spanish?owned property. Spain countered with by driving many Cubans into cities and towns fortified with barbed wire and under armed guard. Hostilities continued for three years, when the U.S. intervened.

This page from a French newspaper shows Cuban snipers in the top of a palm, exchanging gunfire with Spanish troops on the ground.

Image no. 1998-363-5

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