Guatanamo Bay Naval Base Lease Signed

Cuba and United States sign lease granting use of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

Platt Amendment passed

United States passes the Platt Amendment, as part of the 1901 Army Appropriations Bill,  stating the conditions for the withdrawal of the US troops in Cuba from the Spanish-American War.

US Provisional Governor Appointed

US Secretary of War, William Howard Taft creates the Provisional Government of Cuba,  names himself Provisional Governor of Cuba and establishes a naval base at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO).

Spanish–American War Begins

April 20 The Spanish–American War between Spain and the United States begins with the US blaming Spain for an explosion aboard the USS Maine in Havana harbor in Cuba. The US defeats Spain, the Treaty of Paris is signed and Spain cedes Cuba…

Martí Leads Second War of Independence

February 24 José Martí leads The Second War for Independence. Martí Killed in Battle May 19 José Martí was shot and killed in battle against Spanish troops at the Battle of Dos Ríos.

Slavery Abolished

October 7 Slavery was abolished and made illegal by royal decree in Cuba.

Martí Born in Havana

January 28 José Julian Martí y Perez, Cuban poet and essayist, patriot and martyr was born.

Ten Years' War (First War of Independence) begins

October 10 The Ten Years' War begins and was part of Cuba's fight for independence from Spain.

End of Seven Years' War

The British cede Cuba to Spain in the Treaty of Paris.

British Attack Havana

August 11 British attack Havana and take control of Cuba as part of the Seven Years' War.