Michael E. Neagle
America's Forgotten Colony
Cuba's Isle of Pines
Cambridge University Press 2016
New Books in American StudiesNew Books in Caribbean StudiesNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Latin American StudiesNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in PoliticsNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network May 30, 2017 Alejandra Bronfman
Cuba’s Isle of Pines has a curious history. In the early twentieth century, hundreds of Americans moved there, hoping to get rich as citrus growers and hoping that one day the island would become part of the United States. Michael E. Neagle‘s new book, America’s Forgotten Colony: Cuba’s Isle of Pines (Cambridge University Press, 2016) tells their stories, and in so doing uncovers a little known history of imperial ambiguity, good and bad neighbors, new hotels and shattered dreams.