America boasts an ability to purchase or lease land for military bases and make use of a perpetual lease on Guantanamo Bay for use as a Naval Base. Although it had the intention to help to protect Cuba’s independence, a great number of critics argue that the Platt Amendment was good at placing Cuba under American control. By the way, the inclusion of the Platt amendment in the Cuban constitution states that the US had a greater influence on Cuba. As the Amendment restricted the Cuban government’s power a great number of Cubans were angered, then a series of rebellions burst out in 1906, 1909 and also 1912.
The United States sent troops for the purpose of occupying Cuba as the rebellions were taking place. During the period 1917-1923 American marines occupied Cuba in order to pacify strikes in the Cuban sugar industry. The long activity of American forces gave a strong emphasis to the ties between the Cuban public and the USA. America increased its presence throughout Cuba by means of the US sugar interests enforced policies on the Cuban sugar industry, that were in favor of the American economy at the expense of Cuban growth.
By 1925, American dominated the Cuban banks, rail transport, mines, tobacco, cattle as well as sugar industries. The given dominance of America in the Cuban economy generated a great influence on Cuba. The American influence on Cuba increased in the 1950’s as this country flourished and Havana was dubbed the Latin Las Vegas because of its enormous gambling scene. This transformation of Cuba turned extremely profitable for American businesses, so there’s no wonder it became a center of organized crime. American-owned businesses boasted up to 90% of Cuban mines, 40% of the country’s sugar industry, 80% of Cuban public services, about 50% of Cuban railways as well as all of the oil companies in this country. These American influences as well as dependencies created a definite tension with many Cuban folks who believed the political price of the economic dependence happened to be extremely high and since the end of Spanish rule all the authorities had favored the US sugar market.
As the Cuban government of the 1950’s turned to be very unpopular, immediate support was sent from American citizens in an attempt to sustain Cuban opposition groups. The given swing of American support, against Batista’s government, granted a chance for a revolution to start. Fulgencio Batista appeared to be a major figure in the Cuban revolution of 1959. He started his reign in 1933 after a military coup dubbed ‘Sergeants Revolt’, where Fulgencio dared to end the rule of Machado.
America boasts an ability to purchase or lease land for military bases and make use of a perpetual lease on Guantanamo Bay for use as a Naval Base. Although it had the intention to help to protect Cuba’s independence, a great number of critics argue that the Platt Amendment was good at placing Cuba under American control.