The great Cuban question refers to the Cuban revolution against Spain that took place from 1868 to 1878, eventually known as the Ten Years’ War. While ultimately unsuccessful, due in part to competing agendas among its leaders, the decade-long rebellion laid the groundwork for future resistance to Spain. While the United States did not officially recognize the revolutionary government, revolutionaries did a great deal of fundraising in the United States. Cuba gained its independence in 1898, after the Spanish-American War (“1868-1878: Ten Years’ War”). (Image: de Quesada).