1902 - May 20 – Cuba gains independence from the United States.
THE HOME GOVERNMENT TO TAKE CONTROL ON MAY 20TH
THE PRESIDENT'S INAUGURATION
to take Place on that Day - The American Evacuation to Be Complete Except Military Forces in Coast Defenses - All Military and Civil Offices to be Then Turned Over to the Cubans - The Cuban Congress to be Called in Extra Session May 10th.
Washington, March 25. - May 20, 1902 is the new date fixed for turning over the island of Cuba to its people. The change of date was made, if not at the suggestion, then with full approval of President-elect Palma and his advisors, Senors Tamaya and Quesada, who were with him at the war department today. This date should be a memorable one in Cuban history, for it will not only mark the acquisition of full independence, but will be the Cuban inauguration day, it having been determined that President Palma shall be inaugurated on the same day that American control of the island ceases.
All but the smallest details of the change in Cuba have been planned and these remaining details were under adjustment at a meeting held at the war department today.
Beside Secretary Root, President Palma and Senors Tamaya and Quesada and General Wood attended. The meeting occurred in the secretary's office...
The Wilmington Messenger
Wilmington, North Carolina
March 26, 1902
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