General Valeriano Weyler was a general in the Spanish military during Cuba's rebellion from Spanish rule and the subsequent Spanish-American War in the late 19th century. In 1896, he was named the governor of Cuba and instructed to quell the insurgency.
During his time as governor, he separated the civilian population and the rebellious insurgents by placing the civilians into reconcentration camps. These camps were supposed to be a safe home for the civilians, but by the end of 1897, the camps had turned into ghettos of disease and starvation. General Weyler's inability to establish provisions for the civilians damaged him politically and aided in the propaganda of the Cuban revolutionaries, which led to war with the United States.