Cuba under American Protection

The following is the proclamation issued January first by Major-General John R. Brooke, Military Governor of Cuba, to the people of the Island.

"Coming among you as the representative of the President, in furtherance and in continuation of the humane purpose with which my country interfered to put an end to the distressing conditions in this island, I deem it proper to say that the object of the present government is to give protection to the people and security to person and property, to restore confidence, to encourage the people to resume the pursuits of peace, to build up waste plantations; to resume commercial traffic and to afford full protection in the exercise of all civil and religious rights.

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