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Cuba

The Republic of Cuba is nation in the Caribbean. It consists of the island of Cuba (the largest and second-most populous island of the Greater Antilles), Isla de la Juventud and several adjacent small islands. Cuba was one of the places Christopher Columbus landed in 1492. It became part of the Spanish Empire shortly after, and remained so until 1898, although there were periods in the 19th century which saw Cuba violently seek to gain its independence. The United States declared war on Spain in 1898, in part because of Cuba's bid for independence. After the U.S. defeated Spain, Cuba gained independence, but the U.S. would meddle in its affairs frequently throughout the first half of the 20th century. In 1959, after decades of corrupt and oppressive governance in Cuba, Communist forces under Fidel Castro gained control of the country.

Cuba in AtlantisEdit

A Spanish colony just south of Atlantis treated its slaves even worse than the United States of Atlantis did.[1]

Literary commentEdit

While it's not completely clear that the reference is to Cuba, it is most likely, based on what else is revealed in the series about Atlantis' environs.

Cuba in "Cayos in the Stream"Edit

Ernest Hemingway was residing in Cuba when the United States entered World War II. While Cuba joined the U.S. in declaring war on the Axis, Hemingway was suspicious of the Fascist leanings of the Cuban people. Alarmed by rumors of Cubans supplying German U-boats, he volunteered to patrol the Caribbean in 1942 in his fishing boat, the Pilar, until he and his crew actually found and sank a U-boat.

Cuba in The Disunited States of AmericaEdit

Cuba participated in the Florida Intervention, successfully annexing the southern third of the nation-state of Florida.

Cuba in Southern VictoryEdit

Cuba was a Confederate state acquired from Spain in the 1870s. Although it had been uniquely calm during the Red Rebellion of 1915, during the Second Great War the United States helped the insurrectionist movement in the state.

Cuba was unique among the Confederate states in that black people were allowed surnames and permitted a great deal of racial intermixing. Thus, by 1943 the policies of the Freedom Party were met by a Cuban insurrection made up of both whites and blacks, unlike the mainland C.S., where guerrilla fighters were exclusively black. After the war, Cuba was put under U.S. occupation, and would likely be easier to govern and eventually admit to the Union than most other Confederate states.

Cuba in The Two GeorgesEdit

Cuba was a province of Franco-Spanish Nueva España, a nation within the Holy Alliance.[2] Cuban cigars were popular in the North American Union.[3]

Cuba in WorldwarEdit

The nation of Cuba was an American ally in World War II and the subsequent war against the Race's Conquest Fleet. Before the Peace of Cairo in 1944, President Cordell Hull put Cuba under his country's protection, and US Secretary of State George Marshall insisted that Fleetlord Atvar respect Cuban sovereignty. Cuba became one of the few Latin American nations to maintain sovereignty rather than be colonized by the Race along with Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Liberating Atlantis, p. 265.
  2. Map The Two Georges, frontispiece.
  3. Ibid., p. 193, 236 HC.

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