By J.H. Hitchman

This is a learn of the army executive of Cuba from 1898 to 1902. Tracing and explaining the activities of basic Leonard Wood's adminis­ tration in the course of these years unearths how the U.S. executive re­ solved the questions of independence, strategic defense, and financial inter­ ests in regard to Cuba. Leonard wooden, Secretary of warfare Elihu Root, Senator Orville H. Platt, and President William McKinley formulated and conducted rules that had a powerful effect on next Cuban-American kin. the wider features of this research, civil-military kin and American imperialism, are issues of significance to all electorate this day. this is often institutional and biographical heritage, written within the trust complete ac­ count number of the boys, motion, and situations will upload to our figuring out of the interval while the U.S. emerged as a global energy. i'm indebted to Professors Gerald E. Wheeler of San Jose nation collage and Armin Rappaport of the college of California, San Diego, who di­ rected my examine within the early levels, and to Professor Eric Bellquist of the college of California, Berkeley, for his feedback of the manuscript whilst it was once in dissertation degree. To Professor Raymond J. Sontag i need to pay precise tribute for his information and notion over the years. the help of my mom, Mrs. Sue Hitchman, is deeply liked. My thank you cross additionally to the staffs on the Library of the U. S.

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Burton, found discrepancies in the Department of Posts records. Eventually this led to the greatest scandal of the American occupation. Estes G. Rathbone, the Director General of Posts, and C. F. W. Neely, one of his deputies, were tried and convicted by the Cuban Supreme Court for defrauding the government of some $ 300,000. The case was complicated by opposition from the powerful Senator Mark Hanna of Ohio, indebted to Rathbone for past services. Wood and Root, backed by McKinley, ignored such political opposition in the United States; in Root's words, they "scraped to the bone" Ibid.

26,1900; Root papers, Wood to Root, May 18, 1900; Hagedorn, Wood, I, 279; Jessup, Root, I, 292. ; Wood papers, Wood to Root, June 12,1900. Box 203 of the Wood papers also contains a receipt to Wood from Fred K. J. Davies, dated March 13, 1901, which suggests that Wood and Davies. a transient, capable, English engineer, may have bought 300 acres on the Isle of Pines. This does not prove Wood was a land speculator, for he may have loaned Davies the money for some other purpose. It may also have been a device for transacting some business matter of the Military Government.

26 To stimulate production, the Military Government greatly reduced taxes of internal nature: these supplied only $ 650,000 to $ 880,000 of an annual insular revenue of over $ 17,000,000. Internal taxes were levied upon conveyances, inheritances, products of rented state properties, various products and licenses. Wood knew that new tax laws were needed. He repeatedly stated that the existing system paralyzed those who produced and favored those who did not; unused or unimproved land was not taxed, while production items were.

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