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Cuba The Plight of a Nation and its Revolution While the isle of Cuba was initially discovered on October 27 1492 during one of Columbus first voyages it wasnt actually claimed by Spain until the sixteenth century However its tumultuous beginnings as a Spanish sugar colony provides an insightful backdrop into the very essence of the countrys political and economic unrest From its early revolutionary days to the insurrectional challenge of the Marxist-Leninist theories emerged the totalitarian regime under Fidel Castro in present day Cuba Cuban colonial society was distinguished by the characteristics of colonial societies in general namely a stratified inegalitarian class system a poorly differentiated agricultural economy a dominant political class made up of colonial officers the clergy and the military an exclusionary and elitist education system controlled by the clergy and a pervasive religious system1 Cubas agrarian monocultural character economically dependant upon sugar cultivation production and export severely restricted its potential for growth as a nation thereby firmly implanting its newly sprouted roots firmly in the trenches of poverty from the very beginning of the countrys existence In 1868 Cuba entered in to The Ten Years War against Spain in a struggle for independence but to no avail Ten years of bitter and destructive conflict ensued but the goal of independence was not achieved Political divisions among patriot forces personal quarrels among rebel military leaders and the failure of the rebels to gain the backing of the United States coupled with stiff resistance from Spain and the Cubans inability to carry the war in earnest to the western provinces produced a military stalemate in the final stages2 The war had a devastating effect on an already weak economic and political infrastructure The defeat however did not hinder the resolution of the Cuban proletariat for an independent nation In the words of one author The Cubans ability to wage a costly protracted struggle against Spain demonstrated that proindependence
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