Children of Colonial Despotism: Press, Politics, and Culture by Larry R. Jensen

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This was the decidedly ambivalent attitude that would dominate the early history of the Cuban press. 32 Ambitious creole sugar producers in league with the highest Spanish official on the island, Captain General Luis de las Casas y Aragorri,33 rose to the challenge. 36 The most significant innovation of the first decade of the Papel Periódico (biweekly, 17911805) occurred in 1793, once again at the instigation of Las Casas. 37 Comprised of top colonial officials, sugar planters ranging from the titled aristocracy to the merely wealthy, and reputable professional menlawyers, professors, physicians, and ecclesiasticsthe Patriotic Society promoted the interests of Cuban sugar producers, often to the detriment of peninsular commercial interests still associated with the principle of monopoly.

32 Ambitious creole sugar producers in league with the highest Spanish official on the island, Captain General Luis de las Casas y Aragorri,33 rose to the challenge. 36 The most significant innovation of the first decade of the Papel Periódico (biweekly, 17911805) occurred in 1793, once again at the instigation of Las Casas. 37 Comprised of top colonial officials, sugar planters ranging from the titled aristocracy to the merely wealthy, and reputable professional menlawyers, professors, physicians, and ecclesiasticsthe Patriotic Society promoted the interests of Cuban sugar producers, often to the detriment of peninsular commercial interests still associated with the principle of monopoly.

In 1793, members who served monthly terms included such prominent citizens as Agustín Ibarra (artillery captain), Tomás Romay y Chacón (physician and researcher/teacher), José Agustín Caballero y de la Torre Page 8 Figure 1-1 Cuban Periódicos, 17901810 Page 9 (theologian, philosopher, and professor at the seminary), Domingo Mendoza (cleric and professor at the seminary), and Francisco de Arango y Parreño (the most important ideologue of Cuban sugar producers, and the island's main lobbyist with Spain for the next thirty years).

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