By J.H. Hitchman

This is a research of the army executive of Cuba from 1898 to 1902. Tracing and explaining the activities of normal Leonard Wood's adminis­ tration in the course of these years finds how the USA executive re­ solved the questions of independence, strategic safeguard, and fiscal inter­ ests in regard to Cuba. Leonard wooden, Secretary of conflict Elihu Root, Senator Orville H. Platt, and President William McKinley formulated and performed regulations that had a robust impact on next Cuban-American kinfolk. the wider elements of this research, civil-military family and American imperialism, are subject matters of value to all electorate this day. this is often institutional and biographical heritage, written within the trust complete ac­ count number of the lads, motion, and conditions will upload to our realizing of the interval while the us emerged as an international strength. i'm indebted to Professors Gerald E. Wheeler of San Jose nation collage and Armin Rappaport of the college of California, San Diego, who di­ rected my learn within the early phases, and to Professor Eric Bellquist of the college of California, Berkeley, for his feedback of the manuscript whilst it used to be in dissertation degree. To Professor Raymond J. Sontag i need to pay targeted tribute for his tips and concept over the years. the help of my mom, Mrs. Sue Hitchman, is deeply liked. My thank you move additionally to the staffs on the Library of the U. S.

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And the mere replacement of a Spanish bureaucracy by a Cuban one could be no solution for a society which needed its own rather than a colonial law. Gener maintained that even uncertainty about the date when Cuba would institute its own organisms of government should not prevent Cubans from changing laws. 7 Gener was succeeded by Jose Varela y Jado, who retained his position on the Supreme Court. Varela was a man of unimpeachable character and possessed of high administrative and juristic abilities.

Over nine million dollars went to the "Executive" and the army and navy. $ 733,000 went to colonial legislature, churches, justice. Charities received $ 1,612,000; the Treasury operation received $ 708,978; public administration, $ 247,033, public works and communications, $ 1,036,582; agriculture, industry, commerce $ 108,178. All of the latter allocations were chiefly for salaries. See Porter, Industrial Cuba, 248, 256-63. Over onethird of these revenues were never raised and little of the money was ever actually used for the allocations.

At the same time, the Customs House frauds were broken by Colonel Tasker Bliss, the extremely efficient and able collector of customs. These actions produced a sensation in Havana, because no Cuban had ever before seen any well-connected official or merchant prosecuted. Wood wrote Root to explain: I sent for the judge and the prosecutors and told them that they would have the full support of the military government in doing what was right, and that they were to allow only one thing to influence them, namely, the evidence in the case ....

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