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By Marial Iglesias Utset

During this cultural heritage of Cuba throughout the usa' short yet influential career from 1898 to 1902--a key transitional interval following the Spanish-American War--Marial Iglesias Utset sheds gentle at the advanced set of pressures that guided the formation and construction of a burgeoning Cuban nationalism. Drawing on archival and released assets, Iglesias illustrates the method in which Cubans maintained and created their very own culturally suitable nationwide symbols within the face of the U.S. profession. Tracing Cuba's efforts to modernize along side plans via U.S. officers to form the method, Iglesias analyzes, between different issues, the effect of the English language on Spanish utilization; the imposition of North American vacations, corresponding to Thanksgiving, in preference to conventional Cuban celebrations; the transformation of Havana right into a new city; and the improvement of patriotic symbols, together with the Cuban flag, songs, monuments, and ceremonies. Iglesias argues that the Cuban reaction to U.S. imperialism, even though mostly serious, certainly concerned parts of reliance, lodging, and welcome. certainly, Iglesias argues, Cubans engaged the americans on a number of degrees, and her paintings demonstrates how their ambiguous responses to the U.S. career formed the cultural transformation that gave upward push to a brand new Cuban nationalism.

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Anniversaries as official Cuban holidays. For example, in the city and district of Trinidad, 22 February was declared a day of public celebration: “Wednesday, the 22nd of February 1899, is proclaimed a public holiday in the City and district of Trinidad. S. S. IndePolicies Gover n ing Celebr ations 35 pendence Day. S. S. ”19 To the left of Washington, however, enveloped among flowers, one could also see portraits depicting Cuba’s revolutionary heroes: Céspedes, Martí, Gómez, and Maceo. S. nationality — the countries’ flags and political heroes — were linked together, at least superficially.

Occupation was seen to be fundamentally different, “modern,” and “civilized,” places such as the venerable Palacio de los Capitanes Generales nonetheless maintained their symbolic stature as the sources par excellence of power and authority. Cases like this one, in which the symbolic legacy of Spanish power carried over into the new environment, underscored the strength and centrality of imperial authority, now wielded by a new set of foreign occupiers. S. military government was based, led to a renaissance of development that noticeably altered the physical face of the city.

S. and Cuban flags, in La Esperanza a huge crowd, holding flags, met us at the station, raising cheers to a free Cuba, independence, and the soldiers of the insurrection. In Ranchuelo the same demonstration . . S. S. counterparts, and also exchanged souvenirs, in the form of badges and other items of military issue, while they waited for their ships to embark. S. presence on their island, imposed on them in the form of a government of military occupation. This multilayered process of change left a deep mark on Cuban society, altering its familiar rhythms and representations.

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