An Unwanted War: The Diplomacy of the United States and by John L. Offner

By John L. Offner

Offner clarifies the complicated kinfolk of the USA, Spain, and Cuba major as much as the Spanish-American struggle and contends that the struggle was once now not sought after via any of the events yet used to be still unavoidable. He exhibits ultimate around of peace negotiations failed largely simply because inner political constraints restricted diplomatic flexibility.

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Supplies arrived in Cuba from other Caribbean ports, but Estrada Palma and the emigres were unable to deliver the guns, ammunition, and quinine needed to end the war. 13 Just as the Cubans were unable to bring the war to a quick conclusion, the Spanish also failed to do so. Spain had changed greatly since the independence struggle had begun in the 1860s. The first Cuban rebellion had coincided with many years of peninsular political upheaval that had shaped Spanish political and economic society during the last third of the nineteenth century.

Together we visited Washington, Madrid, London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Havana, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires. We share many fond memories of this project. S. F. Bemis was right: multi-archival research offers many rewards. Obviously, I take full responsibility for all the shortcomings that follow. An Unwanted War Chapter 1 The Cuban Revolution: Three Perspectives The war for Cuban independence that began in February 1895 involved three participants—Cuba, Spain, and the United States.

28 By the spring of 1897, Spain’s military and diplomatic campaigns had produced limited results at an extremely high cost. The Cuban insurgents were entrenched in eastern Cuba and able to disrupt economic life throughout most of the island. About 250,000 Spanish soldiers and Cuban volunteers had failed to defeat Gómez; some had died in combat, and tens of thousands had succumbed to tropical diseases; makeshift hospitals were filled with sick and dying troops. Those able to fight were insufficient to mount large-scale operations to search out and destroy insurgents.

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