Steven asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

Was it a fair deal that in return for the US defeating the Spanish, Cuba gained their independence minus their resources?

In 1898, the US defeated Spain in order to help Cuban rebels gain their independence from the Spanish.

However, the US did not do this out of the goodness of their heart.

In return, they received what is known in the political world as "concessions".

Basically, they gave Cuba their government, but took ownership of Cubas resources.

In 1912, the African slaves began rising up against the Cuban government, blaming the Cuban government for the poor state of the country, and the USA went rushing to Cuba's defence, immediately putting down the revolt and sending the marines to protect US businesses and resources.

"The Marines were assigned to protect the American-owned sugarcane plantations and their associated properties, as well as copper mines, railroads and trains. The Afro-Cubans attacked the Marines only once, at El Cuero, but were repulsed without casualties on either side.[6]"

However, what i want to know, is whether or not the US had any actual ethical or moral right to recieve concessions such as this in return for helping Cubans free themselves from invaders.

Quite simply, a government cannot survive without resources.

Giving Cuba their independence whilst leaving them with no resources, means that the Cuban government have no means of supporting their country.

Or, do you think it was quite right that the US insisted upon taking Cuba's resources in return for defeating the Spanish?

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4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
    Favourite answer

    The question is why do you think international relations are run along the lines of a sport with rules and gamesmanship?

    Never have been and never will be – there are always advantages to be exploited.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Since this seems to interest you;

    Arc of Empire : America's Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam (Hunt & Levine).

  • ree
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    "Fair" (as used in your sentence) is a matter of opinion. Show me fair ... it's not a noun. Even equal can be disputed as unfair. Fairness is a perception that can be subject to splitting hairs over semantics. What's fair to one is unfair to another.

  • Lomax
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    And, of course, Americans pretend to this day that they've never been a colonial power, nor built an empire...

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