- About the Exhibit
- Empires and Revolutions: 1613–1825
- Trade with Spanish America: 1825-1900
- Cultural Encounters: 1825-1900
- Political Encounters: 1850-1930
- An Hispano Landscape: 1900–45
Political Encounters: 1850-1930
Spain held onto its plantation colonies of Cuba and Puerto Rico even as most of Spanish America won independence by 1825. But activists from the two islands fomented rebellion, and New York played an important role in the insurrectionary schemes and uprisings.
One of the first insurgents to arrive here was the Cuban priest Félix Varela, who started in the 1820s what others would continue from the 1850s on. New York became a haven for rebels from the Spanish colonies who met here and conspired in safety, often in alliance with influential locals who advocated North American involvement in the colonial rebellions.
In 1898 the U.S. entered the Cuban War for Independence, transforming it into the Spanish-Cuban-American war. Victory and its aftermath directly involved New York in the affairs of the Spanish-speaking Americas.