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[ES] Historia de la Isla de Cuba, Carlos
Marquez Sterling & Manuel Marquez Sterling, 1975. Regents Publishing
Company, Inc. 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016 [ISBN 0-88345-251-0].
Historia de la Isla de Cuba
A small but accurate and complete textbook. Indispensable for all
those interested in Cuba,
[ES] Historia de los Municipios de Cuba , Joaquin Freire,
1985. La Moderna Poesia.
Historia De Los Municipios De Cuba
This book describes
the histories of all the municipios (counties) in Cuba, and includes
short notes on prominent individuals born in each.
[EN & ES] Cuban Provinces
A web page listing the Administrative Departments and Provinces in
existence in Cuba from 1827 to the present (on this web site)
[ES] Cuba, Isla Abierta - Poblamiento y Apellidos Siglos XVI-XIX,
Leví Marrero, 1998, Ediciones Capiro, Puerto Rico, 1994.
Cuba: Isla Abierta (Siglos XVI-XIX)
A scholarly work listing the last names and centuries when early
prominent families settled in Cuba and the countries of origin of
many Cuban surnames.
[ES] La Emigración Canaria a América
(1765-1824), Manuel Hernández González,
1996, Centro de la Cultura Popular Canaria [ISBN: 84-7926-233-0].
A detailed study of the emigration from the Canary Islands to the
New World, including emigration to Cuba and Puerto Rico. Gives brief
accounts of families that achieved prominence in the New World.
[ES] La Colonia China de Cuba 1930-1960,
Napoleon Seuc, 1998, Dr. Napoleon Seuc, 2553 SW 19 St., Miami, FL 33145-2409,
A collection of historical facts and personal anecdotes describing
the Chinese immigration to Cuba and the contributions of Chinese-Cubans
to Cuban culture and history.
[ES] 1762. La Habana Inglesa - La Toma de La Habana
por los Ingleses, Guillermo Calleja Leal, Hugo O'Donnell
y Duque de Estrada, Ediciones de Cultura Hispanica, Madrid, 1999 [ISBN:
84-7232-830-9, NIPO: 028-99-028-2, Dep. Legal; M.45932-1999]. For sale
by the Miami bookstore Ediciones Universal (paperback US$20 - 262 pages).
1762, La Habana Inglesa: La toma de La Habana por los ingleses
An interesting illustrated book on the British occupation of La Habana
in 1762 covering military, historic and political aspects. Contains
interesting little known facts (Did you know that George Washington
participated in the capture of La Habana as a Capitan in the British
forces? Did you know that during the 10+ months of British occupation,
slave trade increased markedly and 10,700 african slaves were imported
by John Kennion, an Irish merchant who was granted monopoly rights
to the slave trade by the British Governor Lord Albemarle?).
[EN] Slave Emancipation in Cuba, Rebecca J. Scott,
Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ 1985 [ISBN: 0-691-07667-7
(cloth) 0-691-10157-4 (pbk.)].
Slave emancipation in Cuba: The transition to free labor, 1860-1899
This detailed historical work analyzes the gradual transition to
free labor in Cuba 1860-1899 and the partial substitution of slave
labor with the labor of freed slaves and immigrant workers from China
[ES] Santiago de Cuba - Historia y Folklore,
Dr. Pedro de Moya, Editorial Arenas, 1993 [ISBN 1-56578-042-6] 424 pages.
A very complete history of the city of Santiago de Cuba, from its
earliest days until the end of the Republican era. Full of events
and names of individuals who played a significant role in the development
of the city. Only minor criticism I would make is a lack of a detailed
index and frequent repetition of the same events, otherwise a must
have book for anyone interested in Cuban history.
[ES] La Sacarocracia: Historia de la Aristocracia Azucarera Cubana, Dr. Ruben Arango, 2006, Ego Group, Inc., Miami, Florida.
La Sacarocracia: Historia de la Aristocracia Azucarera Cubana
[ES] La Emigración del noroeste de Tenerife a América durante 1750-1830 (The Emigration from Northwest Tenerife to America during 1750-1830) - Doctoral Thesis by Felix Rodriguez Mendoza of the Universidad de la Laguna in Tenerife, ISBN: 84-7756-596-1. This is a large document (998 pages) which includes at the end a 67-page table of individuals who emigrated to America during this period. The table includes the town of origin, port, ship captain, name of ship and name of the person who loaned the money for the passage. The text of the thesis describes the reasons for the voyage.1
The thesis can be downloaded from this link:
(Note that you must have the Adobe Reader plug-in installed on your browser for this link to work. Please note that due to the size of the file, 7074 KB, the download will take some time).
An alternate link is:
1 Thanks to Andres M. for posting this information to the CUBA list.
[FR] Le Planteur et le Roi - L'Aristocratie Havanaise et la Couronne D'Espagne (1763-1838) - by Dominique Goncalvès, Casa de Velázquez. ISBN # 8496820165. Book about more than 40 aristocratic families of Habana in the XVIII and XIX centuries, such as the Peñalver, Chacon, Arango, Calvo de la Puerta, O'Farrill, etc., including family trees, and their links to the Spanish Crown.
Click the following links for:
[EN] War in Cuba or The Great Struggle from Freedom , Gonzalo de Quesada and Henry Davenport Northrup, W.S. Reeve
Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois, 1896-98 (several editions, one of
A detailed war time chronicle of the struggle for Cuban independence
from Spain, written to elicit support from US public opinion. Contains
many details of heroic deeds by Cuban patriots and supporters and
of atrocities committed by the Spanish during that period.
[EN] The Virginius Affair, Richard
H. Bradford, Colorado Associated University Press, Boulder, Colorado,
1980 [ISBN: 0-87081-080-4, LC: 20-520000].
The Virginius affair
A detailed chronicle of an incident in 1873 (during the Ten Years
War) where the gun-running ship Virginius was captured by a Spanish
warship and the Captain and 37 members of the crew and passengers,
including both US citizens and Cuban patriots, were executed by shooting
them in the back, a few at a time, until the valiant intervention
of a British warship commanded by Sir Lambton Lorraine.
[EN] Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution,1868-1898 , Ada Ferrer. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1999.
[ISBN 0-8078-4783-6 paperback edition (US$18.95), ISBN 0-8078-2500-X
cloth edition (US$55)].
Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868-1898
Examines the tensions between racism and anti-racism contained within
[ES] La Presencia Militar Española en Cuba (1868-1895) (The Spanish Military Presence in Cuba (1868-1895)). Monografias
del CESEDEN, Ministerio de Defensa, 1995. [NIPO: 076-95-200-7, ISBN:
A series of essays describing, from the Spanish Military point of
view, military and political events in Cuba during the period of the
Ten Years War and ending with the death of José Martí
on 19 May 1895.
About the War of Independence
Although there are many books on
the Spanish-American War from the US point of view, not many cover the
years of struggle of Cubans against the Spanish Colonizers. Here are
a few selected ones on this topic:
Usually available through your local
library or local bookstore. The Spanish language titles are usually
available for purchase at the Ediciones
Universal or La Moderna
Poesia bookstores in Miami (prices listed are those in effect when
I bought the books and may have changed since then)
[ES] Ensayo Historico Sobre la Invasión, B.
Souza, Miami 1999 (no publisher listed) ($16.95).
[ES] Antonio Maceo Grajales, El Titán de Bronce,
Jose Mármol, Ediciones Universal, Miami 1998 [LC 98-87309,
ISBN 0-89729-880-2] ($13).
Antonio Maceo Grajales: El Titan De Bronce (Coleccion Cuba y Sus Jueces)
[ES] Ejercito Libertador de Cuba 1895-1898 , Mario Riera Hernandez, Miami 1985 (no publisher listed)
[EN] Remember the Maine and to Hell with Spain, Campaign
Booklet IX, Greg Novak, 1990, Ulster Imports, PO Box 1748, Champaign,
A well researched booklet of facts and figures on all 3 armies
that participated in the Cuban War of Independence / Spanish-American
War. Includes organization, manpower, equipment, history and a bibliography.
Intended for the serious war gamer (sold direct only).
[EN] Cuba Libre, Elmore Leonard, 2000, Dell Books
(paperback), [ISBN 0385323840] ($9.95).
An adventure novel set in Cuba during the last days of the War
of Independence. Not many concrete facts, but gives you a sense
of the feelings between the Cubans and Spaniards at the time.
[EN] The War of 1898, Luis A. Perez, Jr., University
of North Carolina Press, 1998 [ISBN 0-8078-2437-2 cloth, 0-8078-4742-9
paper] ($34.95 cloth, $16.95 paper).
The War of 1898: The United States and Cuba in History and Historiography
(haven't read this one, so can't comment)
[EN] Insurgent Cuba - Race, Nation and Revolution,
Ada Ferrer, University of North
Carolina Press, 1999 [ISBN 0-8078-2500-X cloth, 0-8078-4783-6
paper] ($55 cloth, $18.95 paper).
Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868-1898
(haven't read this one, so can't comment)
[Gallego] Galegos que Loitaron Pola Independencia de
Cuba; Xose Neira Vilas, Edicios do Castro, 1998, A Coruña.
Galegos que loitaron pola independencia de Cuba (Documentos)
Documents the genealogy of 109 Gallegos who fought on the Cuban side
during the War of Independence (contributed by Jorge Piñon).
Old and rare books
Sometimes available through your local
library on inter-library loan or for consultation on site at major libraries
such as the NY Public Library or the US Library of Congress. Some have
been microfilmed by the LDS Church:
[ES] Mis Primeros Treinta Años - Memorias , General Manuel Piedra Martel (Coronel del Ejercito Libertador),
First Edition 1943, Second Edition 1944, Editorial Minerva, Habana.
A first hand account of the war by a relative who
was an Aide to General Antonio Maceo.
[ES] Yndice Alfabético y Defunciones del Ejército
Libertador de Cuba - Guerra de Independencia, iniciada el 24 de Febrero
de 1895 y terminada oficialmente el 24 de Agosto de 1898 (Alphabetic Index and Deaths of the Cuban Liberation Army - Cuban
War of Independence, started 24 February 1895 and officially ended
24 Aug 1898), Carlos Roloff. Habana, Impr. de Rambla y Bouza, 1901.
[LOC F1786.C95, LDS microfilm number 1844674].
This is the book from which the transcriptions are being made.
[ES] Cuba: Imagenes del 98, Texts by Ivan Leon &
Juan Carlos Herrera, (no publisher or publication date listed). [LOC:
Photos of the War.
[ES] Prisioneros y Deportados Cubanos 1895-1898 en la
Guerra de Independencia, Pablo de la Concepción,
Imp. P. Fernandez, 1932, 520pp, 28 plates.
Can be considered the Cuban version of "Papillon".
A unique first hand account of a young (18 years old) Mambí
soldier who was captured and condemned to the notorious Spanish
prison in Ceuta. The appendix of the book contains lists of Cuban
prisoners held in the Spanish prisons of Ceuta, the Castle of Acho
in Ceuta, Chafarinas, and Madrid. The appendix also lists deaths
of Cuban prisoners that occured in the hospital in Ceuta, and in
jails in Madrid and Cadiz, during the Cuban War of Independence.
[ES] Diccionario Enciclopedico de Historia Militar De Cuba, 3 vols., Editorial Verde Olivo 2004, General de Brigada Amels Escalante Colas, Coronel Angel Jimenez Gonzalez, Teniente Coronel Francisco Gomez Balboa, Coronel Pedro Sutie Mohedano, Coronel Juan Sanchez Rodriguez, Coronel Alcides Ferras Guerrero. ISBN: 959-224-130-9.
Diccionario Enciclopedico de Historia Militar de Cuba
Llisted as a rare book because of difficulty in finding it outside of Cuba (listed in catalog but unavailable from Amazon.com). The first volume comprises biographies of officers of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and higher that took part in Cuban conflicts in the years 1510-1898. The second volume incudes combat actions during the same period and the third volume includes naval expeditions, political and military events and new books.
& Cultural Development
[ES] Cuba: Economía y Sociedad, Volumes I-XV , Leví
Marrero, Ediciones Universal.
Comprehensive scholarly study of the Economic and Social factors
which influenced the development of Cuba.
[ES] Cronicas de Santiago de Cuba, Emilio Bacardi y
Moreau, 1972, Madrid, Graf. Breogan, [LC Call No. F1849.S3.B33].
A 10 volume work detailing the social and cultural development of
Santiago de Cuba. A historical masterwork in diary format.
[EN] Sugar and Railroads, A Cuban History, 1837-1959,
Oscar Zanetti and Alejandro Garcia. Chapel Hill, University of North
Carolina Press, 1999. [ISBN 0-8078-4692-9 paperback edition (US$29.95),
ISBN 0-8078-2385-6 cloth edition (US$59.95)].
Sugar and Railroads: A Cuban History, 1837-1959
An English translation of the prize-winning book Caminos
Para el Azúcar traces the history of railroads
in Cuba from their introduction in the nineteenth century through
the 1959 communist revolution.
[EN] Enciclopedia Economica de Cuba Republicana - tomo
I - Las Empresas de Cuba 1958 (Economic Encyclopaedia of Republican
Cuba - Vol I - The Enterprises of Cuba 1958), Guillermo
Jimenez, Ediciones Universal, Miami, Florida, 2000. [ISBN 0-89729-775-X
(complete work/ 4 volumes), 0-89729-904-3 (volume I)
Enciclopedia economica de Cuba Republicana (Coleccion diccionarios)
Contains 1380 entries, each one providing details
of a principal industrial or commercial enterprise existing in Cuba
in 1958. Typically includes the history of the enterprise, names of owners, and in some cases their relationship to other well known industrialists, merchants or politicians. Also includes information on the product brand names and on the enterprise's capitalization including major bank loans. Truly a definitive reference work, which we have found quite useful and accurate. NOTE: Although above link is for the complete work, only Volume I has been published as of 2007.
Modern Era and Exile
Cuban American Family Album, Dorothy and Thomas
Hoobler, Oxford University Press, New York, 1996 [ISBN: 0-19-508132-3
(hard cover), 0-19-510340-8 (trade paperback)].
The Cuban American Family Album (American Family Albums)
An illustrated collection of historical facts and personal anecdotes
describing the various emigrations of Cubans to the United States.
Recommended particularly for the generation of Cuban-Americans born
in the United States to better understand their heritage and events
loading to their exodus to the United States.
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