U. S. Expansionism and Cuban Annexationism in the 1850s

Author: Opatrny, Josef
This study examines the highlights of annexationism in the 1850s when Cuban Annexationists found strong support from some American groups after the Texas annexation and the Mexican American war. Cuban annexationists and American expansionists both feared social disorder, racial strife, and political and economical instability. The significance of annexation lies in three areas: it represented one step beyond early Creole reformism; it introduced the idea of the acceptability of armed struggle; and finally, it added to a sense of separate Cuban community and identity.


"It is notable for its thorough research, its intelligent approach to controversy, and the attempt to publish in English, with an eye to foreign markets. Opatrny undertook his research in both relevant countries, utilizing nine sets of manuscripts, twenty-six compilations of published documents, and nearly three hundred secondary sources. . . . by pursuing the annexationist theme in both Cuba and the United States, provides a more satisfying assessment than previous historians have done." - Cuban Studies

"Overall, the study is a fascinating and worthy piece of scholarship by any standards." - Latin American Studies