In one of the most memorable moments of the war, the first Americans to land in Cuba were greeted by the Spanish governor and governor of the United States, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
They were not alone: the next day, American President Woodrow Wilson sent his first diplomatic telegram to Cuba.
And it was the first time that the two countries had met face to face.
By this time, the Americans were determined to restore diplomatic relations between the two allies, and it was time for a change.
They had already established diplomatic relations with France in 1918, and were keen to establish one with Spain, who had suffered more than any other Latin American country during the war.
In March of 1919, the US delegation met in Havana with the Spanish consul general, José Antonio Salazar, to begin the diplomatic process.
But by this stage, the situation was not as it should be.
The Spanish authorities had not made a decision on whether or not they wanted to recognise the United State as the legitimate representative of the US government.
The Cuban government had not yet declared independence from Spain.
This left the Americans with the difficult decision of whether to take a firm stand or to back down and negotiate.
The Spanish government had already declared its independence from the US in July of 1918.
But by that point, the Spanish government was not entirely convinced of the Americans’ resolve to recognise it.
They were determined not to allow the US to invade Cuba, and they were determined that the US was the legitimate head of state of the region.
By the time the American delegation met with Salazar in Havana, the Cuban government was determined to remain neutral and not to accept the recognition of the American flag.
So, it had no choice but to support the US.
So, the two sides set up a meeting in Havana to discuss the situation.
On the first day of the meeting, Salazar declared that he would not recognise the US flag and demanded that the Americans accept the Spanish proposal for recognition.
The US delegation agreed.
But, before they left for Havana, Salzar announced that they would not return to the US until the Spanish flag was removed from the American embassy in Havana.
But it was not just the US that was having a problem with the US declaration of independence.
The British government was also having a difficult time accepting that the United Kingdom would become the US’ main ally.
On January 2, 1920, the British Parliament passed a Resolution declaring that the UK would never recognise the declaration of Spanish independence.
The following day, the French government also signed the same resolution, declaring that France would never accept the US declaring independence from Britain.
By February, the United Nations voted in favour of a resolution declaring the independence of Cuba.
By then, it was obvious that the French and British governments were not willing to recognise either Spain or the US as the rightful head of the state.
The Cuban government decided to take the position that the British and French governments were making a mistake and that it was better to recognise both countries as the head of states of the hemisphere.
By March, President Wilson had made his decision.
He issued a statement declaring that Spain and the US would remain as the leaders of Latin America.
And, just as the United Nation had promised, he made sure that he and the Cuban people were given the opportunity to decide.
The American delegation went to Havana to accept Spanish and American recognition.
The Americans presented their Spanish and US passports to the Cuban President and Cuban Ambassador, and the Spanish and Cuban people presented their Cuban and US diplomas to the British Secretary of State.
The Americans then left for Washington, D.C.
The French and Spanish governments had no qualms about accepting the US, and on April 10, 1920 the US and Spanish ambassadors signed a treaty that granted the US control of all land and maritime resources in Latin America, as well as control of American military forces and resources in Cuba.
In October, the Soviet Union formally recognised the Cuban Republic.
But there was one other issue that the American and Spanish delegations had to discuss: the Cuban Independence Day.
This holiday was observed on April 15, a day that commemorated the Cuban Revolution of 1959, and was a day for celebrating the country’s independence from Spanish rule.
On this day, people all over the world went to the streets to celebrate.
But many of them had a different idea about what that day meant.
The people of Cuba had come to celebrate independence from their Spanish oppressors.
The people of the Caribbean had come because of the freedom and opportunity that Cuba had offered to the world.
And in the Cuban capital, they came to celebrate a day when they had the opportunity of saying goodbye to their oppressors and their oppressor’s enemies.