The geographical proximity of Spain’s colony of Cuba to Florida has insured, throughout the nineteenth century, that they would share a unique relationship. Political pundits, military strategists, international businessmen, and later, historians, continually recognized that geography, history, and politics influenced Cuba and Florida, intertwining their affairs. Geography by itself, although an important element in their relations, remained less significant than the much broader political struggle that existed between the United States and Spain over control first of North America, and later over the Caribbean. Florida and Cuba were pawns in this much larger international game of chess that throughout the past century involved France, Great Britain, Spain, and the United States in the New World. These nations, therefore, looked upon Florida and Cuba as fundamental elements in their rivalry for control and influence over the developing American hemisphere.
Cortada, James W.
"Florida's Relations with Cuba During the Civil War,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 59
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol59/iss1/5