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Early History of Cuban Cadets at The Citadel

Col. Coward academic update 1904

In December of 1904, Colonel Asbury Coward gave an update to The Citadel's Board of Visitors, which included the cadets from Cuba. He wrote:

"In consequence of their lack of knowledge of the English language it has been found necessary to put them in a class outside of our curriculum in the hope that they will be able to take up the regular course next year.

Except as to them, the Academic work is distributed shown in the scheme herewith submitted (Dec. 4th). To them Col. Lynes gives give hours a week in English. Maj. Mazyck 2 1/2 hours a week in French, and I give from three to five hours a week of oral instruction in Mathematics. They attend Cap. Cantey's fourth class recitations in English History mainly as a stimulation or rather an opportunity to acquire English by hearing, and a knowledge of history by saturation.

This course is, at present, tentative and experimental, and must be replaced ultimately with something more formal and systematic, if we desire to enlarge our patronage among the Spanish speaking people of Cuba and Porto Rico."

Col. Coward's update to The Citadel's Board of Visitors, December 1904