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Contramaestre 03 30 14 By Raúl Eduardo Chao
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The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire were long gone and the last attempt of the Bourbons to restore the dynasty had been a fiasco. It fell on old and spent Marquis de Lafayette to promote... More > the new French sovereign at the Hôtel de Ville: This were extraordinary times. Victor Hugo, Honoré Balzac, Chateaubriand, George Sand, Alfred de Musset, and the Goncourts were best sellers in Paris at the same time. Chopin, Liszt, Berlioz, Gounod, Wagner, were all making music and competing for the same public. The world of ideas was flourishing. In the midst of all this, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and his wife María del Carmen moved to Paris and soon welcomed as their guests four of the finest minds in Cuba, the last remaining Spanish colony in the Americas: Domingo del Monte and his wife Rosa, Miguel Aldama and Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda. This is the extraordinary story of the time they spent together in the City of Lights.< Less
Colonial Cuba English By Raúl Eduardo Chao
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The Spanish 400 year domination that ended in 1898 was followed by four years of US occupation that offered Cubans their first lessons on how to govern a country. The enlightened European... More > civilization that Spain had brought to Cuba had been blighted by selfish economic and political impositions. After 1898, the constructive years of American government control were marred by the burden of an unwelcomed Platt amendment. This book presents a series of episodes of these 400 years of Colonial Cuba. Cuba continues to this day trying to be free and independent.< Less
Contramaestre English Version May 2014 By Raúl Eduardo Chao
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The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire were long gone and the last attempt of the Bourbons to restore the dynasty had been a fiasco. People revolted on July 28, 29 and 30, 1830, in what... More > became known as the three glorious days. In the midst of all this, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes y Quesada and his wife María del Carmen moved to Paris and soon welcomed as their guests five of the finest minds in Cuba, the last remaining Spanish colony in the Americas: Domingo Del Monte and his wife Rosa, Miguel Aldama, Rosa’s brother, and Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, a young best seller poet living in Madrid. This is the extraordinary story of the time they spent together in the City of Lights.< Less
REPUBLICAN CUBA By Raúl Eduardo Chao
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The intention of this book is to review events, champions, heroes and anti-heroes during the fifty years of Republican Cuba. It is not easy to describe and analyze 50 years of Republican life in Cuba... More > in one book and we do not intend to do so. It is a book meant for those who wish to know the history and explore the paradox of Cuba: a land blessed by nature, flush with generous and good human talent, inadvertedly fallen prey to ambitious and unscrupulous men who did not stop at separating families, killing their brothers and sisters while exploiting Cuba’s bounty for their private use.< Less