Many American businesspeople were nervous about the political situation in Cuba in the late 1800s because

(A) they shipped most of their goods through Cuban ports.

(B) ** they had millions of dollars invested in Cuban sugar plantations.

(C) they sold most of their products to wealthy Cubans.

(D) they hired most of their workers from Cuba.


Concept note-1: -U.S. interest in purchasing Cuba had begun long before 1898. Following the Ten Years War, American sugar interests bought up large tracts of land in Cuba. Alterations in the U.S. sugar tariff favoring home-grown beet sugar helped foment the rekindling of revolutionary fervor in 1895.

Concept note-2: -Sugar estates and mining interests passed from Spanish and Cuban to U.S. hands, and it was U.S. capital, machinery and technicians that helped to save the sugar mills that remained competitive with European beet sugar.

Concept note-3: -Cuba awakened dramatically in the nineteenth century. The growth of the United States as an independent nation, the collapse of Haiti as a sugar-producing colony, Spanish protective policies, and the ingenuity of Cuba’s Creole business class all converged to produce a sugar revolution on the island.

Concept note-4: -From 1895–1898, the violent conflict in Cuba captured the attention of Americans because of the economic and political instability that it produced in a region within such close geographical proximity to the United States.