Colonial Cuba

Conquest and colonization characterized this period of the history of Cuba. In the middle of corsair and pirate attacks with the consequent reinforcement of the fleet system and the construction of different fortresses as defense, the economic activity was growing with the development of the cultivation of tobacco and the cane sugar production. Slavery was an important source of social instability, not only because of the frequent manifestations of revelry from the slaves- both individual and in groups- but also because the rejection to this type of institution gave place to abolitionist conspiracies. Other ideological currents like reformism, anexionism and independentism were added too. All this led to the known “Shout of Yara” on October 10, 1868. Read More...