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By the late 1800s Spains influence on the world had been greatly reduced along with their once immense territory Of the new world colonies Cuba and Puerto Rico were two of the only ones still under Spanish rule but they had no intensions on staying under their Spanish reign forever Many Cubans did not wish to be under Spanish rule so they fled to Florida and other parts of the United States Spanish-American War for Cubas Independence Others chose to stay in their once independent terrain in hopes of a successful rebellion With the leadership of Jose Marti Cuba began to make its march for independence The independence movement in Cuba was the result of political economic and social factors Cubas independence movement was based off of three main factors political economic and social Within these factors lied numerous subcategories that later led to the independence of Cuba Cubans did not like the way their country was ruled they did not approve of the slavery in order to gain wealth and definitely showed hatred toward the social classes in Cuba There were many reasons why Cuba did not like Spain for most of the 19th century During the early 19th century Spain still held position of tens of sugar plantations run by black slaves Cubans wished to pull themselves away from this inhumane abomination American investments also flourished at this time bringing in around fifty million dollars mostly in just sugar and tobacco businesses and mining Although Cuba remained Spanish politically economically it became increasingly dependent on the US History of CubaWithout slaves Spanish conquistadors would not have been able to colonize and settle as fast as they originally did Slaves were a big portion of Spanish life Slaves worked most of Spains industrial factories including those of sugar and tobacco There are four main requirements for Spanish colonists to produce sugar cane land oxen forests and slaves The land grew the cane the oxen
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