The Structure of Cuban Dependence

  • Patricia Ruffin
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


When the Spanish-American-Cuban War of Independence ended in 1898, Cuba was formally incorporated in the sphere of United States power and hegemony. At the conclusion of this war, a government was established in Cuba that catered to the needs of North American capitalism. However, this process of incorporation had economically taken root earlier in the 1800s, when sugar production became increasingly associated with the demands of the world capitalist market. Coupled with the normal problems of foreign domination, Cuba’s relations with the United States were aggravated by the extent to which the mechanisms of foreign control affected all sectors of society.1 Thus, once Cuba’s integration into the capitalist world economy was accomplished and once the internal affairs of Cuba could be carefully monitored by the United States, the policy of North American intervention in Cuba’s internal affairs accelerated, giving stimulus to the development of Cuban nationalism.2


Sugar Production Independence Movement Sugar Company Slave Mode Cuban Government 
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  • Patricia Ruffin
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  1. 1.Political Science Howard UniversityUSA

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