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Portrait of Spanish officer on staff to Gen. Blanco of Cuba 1880 in uniform
Ramón Blanco was absent from Cuba when the Grant’s visited. However, he assured they were well attended by various staff members. These appointed members of Blanco’s administration entertained the Grants with multiple balls, receptions and dinners. They also accompanied the Grants on tours of Cuba’s sugar, coffee and tobacco plantations. Here, the Grants observed hundreds of slaves at work. Both General and Mrs. Grant describe their stay in Cuba as a magnificent and luxurious experience. Much of their time was spent enjoying the hospitality at the rich residences of the Spanish Cuban regime. Mrs. Grant was impressed by the attention of the Spanish officials. She described them as “charming gentlemen” that she hoped to meet again.
Ulysses Grant Dietz
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