Thursday next week in Oxford, historian (and friend of this blog) Evan Daniel is going to be talking about the shifting politics of 19th Century Cuban emigré communities of New York and Florida, a story of anarchism, nationalism, and the craft of cigar rolling.
Having heard him talk on the subject last year (at The Coal Hole, The Strand, London) I think it promises to be a very interesting tale.
Annexation, Autonomy, or Independence? The Politics of Cuban Identity in the Émigré Communities of New York and Florida, 1840s-1890s
Thursday 18th April 2013, 2 pm – 3.30 pm
Seminar Room, Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6QS
Hosted by the ESRC Centre on Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS)
More details at Poumista. Read some of Evan Daniel’s work on the subject here.
Top image from Firecured: All things Tobacco. Another image of the Kerbs & Spiess Mermaid cigar brand here.
Below, from the State Archives of Florida’s Florida Memory website, Cuban volunteers in the barracks, 1898. According to the website, “Many of these were cigar makers at Tampa. The ‘Army of the Cuban Republic’ was made up from 40 Cubans from Jacksonville, 200 from New York, and 150 from Key West. They set sail on the ‘Florida’ to join the rebels on May 21st.”
See more images at Florida Memory of cigar making, the Spanish-American War, and Cuban independence.