The Trouble In Cuba
- Alternate Title:
- The Trouble In Cuba
- The Trouble In Cuba
- Persuasive Maps: PJ Mode Collection
- Gillam, Bernhard
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- 1870 - 1899
- 23 x 20 (centimeters, height x width)
- A satirical map reflecting American sentiment towards Cuba, three years before the beginning of the Spanish-American War. "Uncle Sam" has his eye on Cuba, portrayed as a small fish, and announces: "I've had my eye on that morsel for a long time
guess I'll have to take it in!"
The "Trouble in Cuba" refers to the landings in February 1895 by armed forces under Jose Marti. In the spring, Marti's forces adopted a scorched earth policy intended to cripple the vital sugar industry by destroying cane fields, sugar mills and railroads. In June, the Cleveland administration officially proclaimed its neutrality in the dispute, effectively recognizing the insurgency (Trask 1996, 1-3, 11
Brewer 2009, 18). By the fall, the parties had settled into a guerrilla war that would continue until the American intervention.
During this period of time, Judge Magazine published at least five cartoon maps supporting and encouraging U.S. expansionism. See ID # 1123 (The Trouble in Cuba), ID #1132 (Unlucky "13"), ID #1136 (A Thing Well Begun is Half Done), ID #2126 (Hands Across the Sea), ID #2154 (We Must Finish the Nicaragua Canal). Its competitor, Puck Magazine, was more cautious. See ID #2141 (His 128th Birthday. "Gee, but this is an awful stretch!").
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- Judge Magazine, August 10,1895.
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- P.J. Mode collection of persuasive cartography, #8548. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
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- P.J. Mode collection of persuasive cartography
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