Lecture to Address America’s Relationship with Cuba
LAKELAND (Feb. 16, 2012) – America has always viewed Cuba as a strategic and economic prize, but the people of Cuba have had other ideas about their independence. The complicated relationship between the two nations will be the subject of a fascinating lecture at Florida Southern College.
As part of the Florida Lecture Series, author Frank R. Villafaña will give the special lecture, “Expansion: Its Effects on Cuba’s Independence,” at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Hollis Room on the Florida Southern College campus in Lakeland. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Villafaña’s lecture will draw upon his latest book, Expansionism: Its Effects on Cuba’s Independence, which reviews the sources and consequences of American involvement in Cuba. He traces Cuba’s efforts to become free of Spanish domination, starting in the 1830s and ending in the Spanish-American War of 1898. Villafaña proposes that Cuba has never been truly free and independent of foreign influence.
“We are pleased to once again welcome Frank Villafaña to FSC,” said Dr. James M. Denham, Director of the Lawton M. Chiles Center for Florida History. “His lecture on the complicated dynamics of 19th-century American expansion in relation to Cuba will be informative and enlightening.”
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