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The Rough Riders’ Guide to World Domination  The New York TimesIn 1894, Benjamin Colbert, a 21-year-old Chickasaw Indian from the Oklahoma Territory, quit his railroad job and made his way to Guatemala. There he intended to board a ship to Cu…

The Rough Riders’ Guide to World Domination  The New York Times

In 1894, Benjamin Colbert, a 21-year-old Chickasaw Indian from the Oklahoma Territory, quit his railroad job and made his way to Guatemala. There he intended to board a ship to Cuba — tensions between Spain and the island, under Madrid’s control for nearly 400 years, were coming to a boil, and he was eager to join the fight for Cuban independence. Colbert’s government was, at least at the time, less enthusiastic. As Colbert later wrote, an American consul heard about his plan, had him arrested and shipped him back home. But Colbert didn’t forget about Cuba, and four years later, he got anot...

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