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. . .United States against Spain as regards its administration of Cuba.

This was the firing on the American steamer, Black Warrior, by a Spanish man-of-war.

The Black Warrior was a steamer owned in New York, and plying regularly between that city and Mobile. It was her custom both on her outward and homeward bound trips to touch always at Havana. The custom laws were then very stringent, and she ought each time to have exhibited a manifest of her cargo. But still this was totally unnecessary, as no portion of her cargo was ever put off at Havana.

She was therefore entered and cleared under the technical term of "in ballast." This was done nearly thirty times with full knowledge and consent of the Spanish revenue officers; and, moreover the proceeding was in accordance with a general order of the Cuban authorities.

But in February, 1850, the steamer was stopped and fired upon in the harbor of Havana. The charge brought against her was that sh. . . Read More

Community Reviews

En Mea Cuba hay sobre todo dos protagonistas: Fidel Castro y el totalitarismo que impuso en Cuba desde su ascenso al poder en enero de 1959 y que llevó a la isla a niveles de miseria nunca antes experimentados. Cuestiones sumamente detestables para Guillermo Cabrera Infante, quien escribe la gran...more

Compilación de artículos sobre la relación del autor con Cuba, su país de origen. Para hacernos una idea el lema del autor es "Con Castro nada contra Castro todo" de esta manera carga contra la buena prensa que la dictadura tiene en el resto del mundo: el New York Times, Le Monde, los sucesivos g...more

Cabrera Infante hace un libro donde recopila todas sus notas periodísticas y cosas dichas en congresos en referencia a su visión política. Su lengua es afilada, llena de bronca, y desde el exilio relata con una perspectiva muchas veces silenciada o puesta bajo la alfombra una realidad que, creo,...more

I owe this fabulous collection some toots of praise. A comprehensive anecdotal account of the Latin American Boom (Infante, Fuentes, Marquez et al), and the persecution most writers faced under Castro’s regime (Infante exposes the macho tyranny, totalitarian-level censorship, and assorted unpleas...more

so far so brilliante.