Eyes on Cuba from the Start

Cuba is seen as an opportunity for expansion of the North American continent, even before U.S. independence from England. Colonists visit Cuba in 1741 with an eye on Cuba as an access point for controlling trade and traffic on the Atlantic coast. The U.S. states its intent to annex or at least control Cuba as early as 1783 when President John Adams says the island is a natural extension of the North American Continent and continuation of the United States made annexation necessary. In 1848 and again in 1854, the U.S. attempts to buy Cuba from Spain. However, being rejected when offering to buy Cuba did not stop the U.S. Efforts to control Cuba and other Latin American Republics continue through concepts of U.S. destiny:

The Cuban War of Independence from Spain is the opportunity the U.S. is looking for.