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America's Forgotten Colony : Cuba's Isle of Pines, Hardback Book

America's Forgotten Colony : Cuba's Isle of Pines Hardback

Part of the Cambridge Studies in US Foreign Relations series


America's Forgotten Colony examines private US citizens' experiences on Cuba's Isle of Pines to show how American influence adapted and endured in republican-era Cuba (1902-58).

This transnational study challenges the notion that US territorial ambitions waned after the nineteenth century.

Many Americans, anxious about a 'closed' frontier in an industrialized, urbanized United States, migrated to the Isle and pushed for agrarian-oriented landed expansion well into the twentieth century.

Their efforts were stymied by Cuban resistance and reluctant US policymakers.

After decades of tension, however, a new generation of Americans collaborated with locals in commercial and institutional endeavors.

Although they did not wield the same influence, Americans nevertheless maintained a significant footprint.

The story of this cooperation upsets prevailing conceptions of US domination and perpetual conflict, revealing that US-Cuban relations at the grassroots were not nearly as adversarial as on the diplomatic level at the dawn of the Cuban Revolution.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 318 pages, 17 Halftones, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9781107136854



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