Cuba has been a country that has undergone a lot of development and pullbacks over the past decades. Putting into consideration the exposure that they have heard with the world superpowers and the knowledge that they acquired from the interaction. Among some of the significant areas, altered were the sports and religious sectors. However, in every developing or a developed country or state, there has to be some pullback. In some segments of the game, especially the eighteenth and the nineteenth century, there were areas that racism was present. This arose because white supremacists felt that Brazil was a superpower in South America since the Spanish and Americans had settled in the country. Not forgetting the fact about the music, whereby the whites danced the music and replaced the old African dance so that they could dance in their parties. The struggle of religion was evident. Catholicism was dominant though had some competitors since it struggled to compete with the powerful and elaborate native religion and the religious order. These points will elaborate on some of the things that will show the main factors under each of the factors, which are religion, sports, and racism.
Sports is a dominant theme in this week’s readings. The history of baseball in Cuba dates back to the nineteenth century. It was introduced by the crew of an American ship, which was down for repairs. The game was played in Cuba way before. However, its rules were first set by the members of the crew. The baseball had most of the players being black the reason being that most of the Matanzas’s residents were black. Since most of the students who went to study in America brought the game after graduating, the game became more predominant. The game was in Matanzas was considered to be maturing during 1870 which was the period when true clubs were formed.
Racism is a theme that has also been featured in this week’s material. The whites who participated in the game were reluctant to interact with black as they did not want to come into contact with them. This led to the establishment of American clubs that forbade blacks. Besides, the white firms would apply and get contracts regardless of the African firms. In every town, there were the American consuls.
Christianity in Cuba had some shaky foundations. During the eighteenth century, the catholic religion that had the basis of Spanish was trying to fight with the native religion. To verify this, the catholic had built cathedrals in Mexico and Peru to try counter-attack the native religion. However, these efforts did not bear many fruits since the native religion was so strong and had deep firm foundations in the country.