In 1868, the Ten Years' War broke out. In many ways, the Ten Years' War was similar to the American War of Independence.
Spain mercilessly expolited Cuba's people and resources. The war broke out after Spain completely refused Cuban demands not dissimilar to those made by the Thirteen Colonies. Not only did she refuse the Cubans' demands, Spain began to increase her military presence in Cuba.
The Ten Years' War started on October 10, 1868, when