Havana’s Anglo-American Executives

While much of the major investments of foreign corporations led to the development of sugar mills, mining operations, cattle ranches and transportation networks in the Cuban countryside, the epi-center of the Anglo-American colony, generally home to more than half the Anglo-American residents on the island, emerged in Havana. These oral histories unearth the stories of Anglo-American executives who secured assignments in the Cuban capital. Their narratives chronicle not only the formation of lucrative business partnerships, but also the emergence of significant social relationships between Anglo-American businessmen, Cuban professionals and Cuban politicians. These relationships proved pivotal to an early embrace of the revolution by most Anglo-Americans in Cuba, and, shortly thereafter, to the joint action initiated by many Anglo-Americans and their Cuban allies to undermine the new government.