Gerald E. Poyo


The signing of the Zanjón Pact in February 1878 signaled the termination of the Cuban Ten Years War, the first phase of the island’s efforts to gain freedom from Spain. However, for many Cubans the treaty represented only a temporary setback, and in Key West it was clear from the start the community would not accept the pact. During the next decade separatist activity continued unabated, though actual fighting was sporadic at best and never a serious threat to Spanish domination.