Florida’s geographical peculiarities have resulted always in giving her a colorful history, and at no time has this been more evident than during the Cuban War of Independence, previous to American intervention. This period, from 1895 to 1898, has provided inspiration for many books and articles about the Cuban Juntas formed in the United States and about their filibustering enterprises. Because Florida’s ragged outline forms an arm which Uncle Sam extends into the affairs of Spanish America, it was inevitable that Cuban insurrectionists should lean heavily upon this arm after they declared their independence from Spain. An effort to assemble and weigh facts pertaining to Florida’s part in this interesting epoch brings the surprising discovery that there is no summary of Florida’s contribution to be found in recorded history, and that this contribution was of vital importance to Cuba in her successful struggle for freedom from Spain.
Carson, Ruby Leach
"Florida, Promoter of Cuban Liberty,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 19:
3, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol19/iss3/6