Revisiting Cuba’s first political cartoon

The modernized version:

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The original and a little history by Lauzán (my translation):

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The first Cuban political cartoon was born in 1848. It took place in the shadows; from the bathroom of the Tacón Theater. Before the performance started on that night, someone named Cirilo Villaverde began passing out flyers with a cartoon. The image was a cow with Cuba written on it being milked by the recently appointed governor General Federico Roncaly. To the left the previous governor, Leopoldo O’Donnell was walking away quite satisfied while other members of the colonial administration waited for their turn to milk the poor animal. The cartoon was well received by the public. To whoever asked him, Villaverde claimed he had found the flyers in the bathroom. He said he felt it would have been a shame to leave them in that humid place, so he passed them out to the joy of the audience.

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  1. After Spain lost most of its empire during the first quarter of the 19th century, between two-thirds and three-fourths of its external revenues were generated by Cuba, which was the case until the end of Cuba’s colonial status. In other words, Cuba was a crucial cash cow for Mommy Dearest, who was very, very upset to lose her–it wasn’t just hurt pride, but a financial disaster, and Spain didn’t deal at all well with the loss. It never has, and there’s little sign it ever will–unless it’s left no other option but to “get over it,” or more to the point, given no further chance to exploit Cuba. That’s strictly up to Cubans, of course, many of whom are still childishly sentimental about the “mother country,” the nasty bitch.

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