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A new Spanish colonial governor, General Valeriano Weyler, was sent to Havana to stop General Gómez. Weyler faced a rebel army that operated with the support of peasant farmers. He forcibly re-concentrated the rural population.

The aim of the policy is to gather people not involved in the army who are living in the countryside and put them into towns, where their services would not be available to the Cuban rebels. A lot of people go into these towns and the towns are notoriously like concentration camps. Nobody really knows how many people died, but they range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands.


Images of Weyler’s camps were supplied to U.S. newspapers by rebel sympathizers in New York.

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