Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Asentar para dominar. Salamanca y la colonización militar. Cuba, 1889-1890

Imilcy Balboa Navarro


On 14th November 1889, mailboat Antonio López moored at the port of Hayana. Its passengers included 24 families from the province of Granada who would be the first members of the Reina Cristina colony. Their arrival reopened the debate on the opportunity of colonising and the need for workers in rural areas. This text tackles the study of the immigration-colonisation dichotomy from the confrontation between two conceptions: on one hand the governments in power interested in establishing settlements of emigrants from the peninsula faithful to Spanish power, as a way to neutralise the independence-movement spirit, and on the other the owners of the biggest refineries who wished to turn immigration into a way to get cheap labour for their sugar factories.

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