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    Henry Gannett
Excerpt from book: For several 3Tears little attention was paid to the island, and it was not until 1512 that colonization was attempted. That year Velasquez, with a force of 300 men, founded the town of Baracoa, near the eastern end of the island, and two years later Trinidad and Santiago, together with a number of other towns in the interior. In 1519 Habana was founded, and in 1552 it became the capital. The growth of European population in Cuba was particularly slow during the first 250 years, and in 1775 the population numbered only 171,620. The occupation of Cuba by the Spaniards was continuous from the date of its colonization to 1898, with the exception of the English invasion of 1762, during which Habana and a part of Matanzas Province were taken possession of by the English and held for a few months. On December 10, 1898, the sovereignty of Spain in Cuba was relinquished by treaty to the United States, after a war which, though brief, was exceedingly disastrous to Spanish power and prestige. While thus measurably free from foreign invasion for centuries, the island was on several occasions the scene of domestic disturbances, due in nearly all cases to Spanish misrule. Such were the insurrections of 1717, 1812, 1826, and at several later dates, but none of these were of serious importance. In 1868, however, an insurrection broke out, and continued, with desultory fighting in various parts of the island, for ten years. The recent insurrection was the most general and serious of these domestic disturbances. It broke out in 1895, and was ended in 1898 by the intervention of the United States. It is unnecessary to speak of this at length, since the events of that struggle are recent and well known. The aboriginal inhabitants of Cuba have been variously estimated at from 200,000 to 1,000,00...  
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