Courtesy Reuters

CUBA has long occupied a place of peculiar, if unrecognized, importance in our foreign relations. Probably the affairs of no other country have so continuously concerned our Department of State. In the first phase of this relationship, when Cuba was a Spanish colony, the island played an influential part in the promulgation of the Monroe Doctrine, in the development of our foreign trade, and in our territorial expansion, which was affected both by slavery and by the theory of "manifest destiny."

The second phase began with the sinking of the Maine and concerned a people suddenly made free, after four

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