Cuba’s first war for independence began on the 10th of October, 1868, when a sugar mill owner and his followers declared independence from Spain. Because of a high volume of trade with New York, many Cubans in the United States held powerful positions within the resistance movement - providing financial backing for Cuban revolutionaries. The Cuban exiles, however, suffered from rivalries and infighting so General Francisco Vicente Aguilera was sent to New York to ease tensions. In this talk, professor Lisandro Perez discusses Cuban immigration to America, beginning with the sugar trade in 1823, as well as General Aguilera’s attempts at reuniting the Cuban-American groups during their first of three wars for liberation from Spain. The New York Public Library hosted this event.