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He said "But what we don't understand Is the wa)! h did II He could have arranged [0 go there and send back half hiS salary to contribute to History. Geography and Politics 39 the education of his countrymen. Itke other Cubans who go ab road do. LlVan has a contract fo r four and a half million! Does any human being need that much? " Given the enormous flnanclal lncenuves. It IS amazing that so many Cuban baseball heroes have refused to defect. When SLar Infielder Omar Lmares was under Intense pressure dUring the 1 996 Adama Olympics to remain In the Unlred Stares and play for the New York Yankees.

With the support of a general strike called for by Fidei Castro. CaSlro arrived in Havana SIX days later. Tl R ING TOWARD THE �O\"l[T5 Ever since the arrival of the Spaniards. Cuba had been mana pula ted by foreign powers. Some historians believe Lhat a bizarre. fuIrtlhng prophesy. originating In the U S While House. pushed Fidei Into the arms of the Soviets Others say thaL Fidel had always been a . \arxlsL as he himself later declared Questions about Cuban h i story. follOW i n g the I qS'l overthrow of BallSliI.

Iani spent his chi ldhood 111 Spain. Lpon his return to Cuba. he was shocked by (he Inhumane treatment of black slaves. During the III·fated first Independence tnsurrecllon In 18b9. 20 CultureShock:! Cuba Marti published the newspaper La Patrra Lrbre. He was Jailed with hard labour and then eXi led for ami-Spanish political act ivity. After rhe first war of Independence had been squelched In 1 878. \Iani relurned to Cuba wllh a law degree from Sparn. In 1879. he was arrested again and deported as a subversive.

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