History of the Island of Cuba

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Typographic rustic ISBN: 9788490078570

In his History of the Island of Cuba by Pedro José Guiteras, he brought to light forgotten facts that his predecessors believed to be fruitless or too significant.
He took historical studies of Cuba beyond the simple external chronicle of often inconsequential events. It could be said following Oswald Spengler, who focuses on “ahistorical or unhistorical” facts. For the first time in Cuban historiography, the development of the Cuban people was intimately linked to the rest of world life.
Pedro José Guiteras published during his exile in New York this History of the Island of Cuba (1865-1866). In 1882 Guiteras changed the name of this work to simply History of Cuba.
The book published in two volumes begins with the

  • geographical description of Cuba,
  • its topography,
  • climate and productions;
  • character and customs of the aboriginal people;
  • agriculture and industry;
  • their beliefs and mode of existence.

The first volume ends with the capture and occupation of Havana by the British (1762-1763). The second reaches until 1838 and concludes in the government of Tacón. The first managed to circulate in Cuba, but the colonial authorities banned the second, in which Guiteras issued judgments against absolutist governments.
About this work, the outstanding Cuban essayist Fernando Ortiz (1881-1969) said in the introduction to the second edition:

“There is no other history of Cuba that, like that of Guiteras, can better represent the Cuban ideology of his time, constituting a strong plea for the freedom of this nation…”

Edition with prologue by Fernando Ortiz.

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