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The Cuban question in the Spanish parliament - Image 14. 1872. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 22, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2003/show/1980.

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(1872). The Cuban question in the Spanish parliament - Image 14. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2003/show/1980

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Title The Cuban question in the Spanish parliament
Alternative Title The Cuban question in the Spanish parliament. (Debate in the Cortes.); Extracts from speeches made by Senores Diaz Quintero, Benot, Salmeron and others
Contributor (Local)
  • Macías, Juan M.
Publisher Anglo-American Times Press
Date 1872
Description Contributor roles: Macías, Juan Manuel (editor)
Subject.Topical (Local)
  • Politics and government
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Cuba
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  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Extent 32 pages; 21 cm
Original Item Location F1785.M16 1872
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304410~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
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Transcript 12 of Europe, of the same political faith, am of opinion that nations should educate their colonies in a way that will enable them to exist separately when the inevitable day of emancipation arrives, but meanwhile they should treat them entirely as sisters. Tell, me, my lords, are Cubans Spaniards or not? I have read all the Spanish Constitutions, from that of Bayonne, of 1808, to the recent one of 1869, and in all of them it is declared that persons born in Spanish territory are Spaniards. Is Cuba Spanish territory ? The answer is undoubted, and Cubans are therefore Spaniards, and should consequently enjoy the same rights as those born in the peninsula. Do they enjoy them ? Have not these sacred rights been torn from them ? If so, it is only natural that they should rise in rebellion. Since 1792, my lords, the principle of insurrection has been inscribed on the banners of the people of all nations, and the democratic idea is always on foot and in constant application. This may appear strange in my mouth, but it is confirmed by the authority of one of the Ministers, who, on a similar occasion, expressed himself as follows :—" Natural rights dwell essentially in the individual, and are derived directly from his own moral nature. They are therefore, so to speak, nnlegislatable, since they do not arise from the law, do not depend on the law, and, not depending on the law, cannot be abrogated by the law. Born of the organic constitution of the individual, with the individual they live and die, unless a tyrannical, unrighteous, and iniquitous law tears them from him, and then he will have the right to protest for ever against this wrong and the iniquity7 of the law, and to rise against it whenever he can." Well, my lords, the inalienable rights of the Cubans have been torn from them by unrighteous, tyrannical, and iniquitous laws, and they had the right to protest, which they have done in the first instance, and then, it was very natural (Murmurs.) We are still so far from democratic principles that this declaration excites remark. If we wished that Cuba should remain in the bosom of our national unity, we should have begun by not tearing from her the rights which were her own, and then, if when in possession of those, she had still wished to leave this cherished union, you would have been justified in compelling her to remain a member of it by force. But have you done this ? No, you have done just the contrary. I pray you, gentlemen, to continue to accord me j7our forbearance. What would you say, ray lords, if on the ground of your being Alphonsists, or Carlists, or Republicans, or Radicals, in the Opposition, everything }'ou possessed were sold, without the authority of any magistrate, and without the presence of any legal authority, without a notary, without reserve, proper inventory, or valuation, without any proofs of your culpability, and on mere suspicion ? What would you say if the proceeds of these inquisitorial sales were decreed to remain a sacred deposit in the Treasury, and the depositors were nevertheless to use the deposit ? 1 i