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Más se perdió en Cuba – misunderstood expression of the week

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This expression is used when something goes wrong, but there’s no need to worry about it.

Its origin dates back to the Cuban War and 1868 when Cuba was one of Spain’s last colonies.

Due to an economic crisis, Cuba requested independence from Spain and that started the war, which lasted for 30 years with two breaks in between.

Spanish people were against the war. Not just because of all the suffering, but also because they didn’t understand the benefits of winning.

The United States helped the rebels and eventually Spain gave up Cuba to the US (as well as Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Guam).

But this defeat was an unusual defeat. Spain lost the war and the consequences were terrible, but people were happy because their relatives were returning home and families were reunited.

The soldiers who survived were extremely happy to return home from a war they didn’t believe in.

The Cuban War is considered the end of Spanish Empire that started in the 16th century, but not all the bad came with this war.

At the time a new generation of writers, painters and artists were inspired by the Cuban disaster. They were known as ‘La Generación del 98’ and from that year the expression Más se perdió en Cuba was created as a way of being  ironic about a dramatic situation.


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