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A Cultural History of Cuba during the U.S. Occupation, 1898–1902$
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Marial Iglesias Utset

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833988

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877845_iglesias_utset

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Empty Pedestals and Barracks Converted into Schools

Empty Pedestals and Barracks Converted into Schools

The Dismantling of Symbols of Colonial Power

(p.10) One Empty Pedestals and Barracks Converted into Schools
A Cultural History of Cuba during the U.S. Occupation, 1898–1902

Marial Iglesias Utset

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the official lowering of the flag of Spain. According to a witness, “The tearing down of the edifice of secular authority deeply affected both participants and spectators alike.” With this move, the island's long colonial past, more than four centuries of Spanish metropolitan rule, was formally consigned to the grave. The flag of the former mother country had been brought down, but in place of a new nation's flag—Cuba's—there was raised that of “the powerful neighbor who with her potent hand had severed the last colonial ties.” The island thus ceased to be a Spanish colony. Yet, despite the promises contained in the joint resolution passed by the U.S. Congress, its standing as an independent nation remained no more than an aspiration in the impassioned minds of nationalist patriots who for the previous three decades had struggled to achieve political sovereignty.

Keywords:   secular authority, colonial past, Spanish metropolitan rule, mother country, powerful neighbor, Spanish colony

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