NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
5th February, 1904 : The American occupation of Cuba ended today when the US flag was lowered and the Cuban flag raised in a ceremony in La Havana, which ended with a 21-gun salute for the new Republic. Then the last battalion of American troops sailed for home on the USS Sumner. Thomas Palma, the President of the new Cuban Republic, expressed thanks for American friendship. In 1898, when Cubans rose against the rule of Spain, the US first helped them to achieve independence.
[ Let’s drink to Cuba’s futuree freedom; one day, post Castro, post Obama … Cuba Libre]