from The Century Dictionary.

  • To treat as a reconcentrado; make reconcentrados of.
  • noun In the Cuban rebellion of 1895–98, one of the Cubans who were forced by the Spanish military authorities to abandon their homes in the country and concentrate in the towns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Lit., one who has been reconcentrated; specif., in Cuba, the Philippines, etc., during the revolution of 1895-98, one of the rural noncombatants who were concentrated by the military authorities in areas surrounding the fortified towns, and later were reconcentrated in the smaller limits of the towns themselves.


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  • The plains Indian on the reservation of to-day is a "reconcentrado," taken from his old home and shut up within narrow limits beyond which he may not pass.

    The Wild Indian

  • Philippines, copied after Weyler's _reconcentrado_ policy in Cuba.

    Mark Twain

  • Sentries were on guard with ready rifles and bared machetes; every morning through the filthy reconcentrado quarter guerrillas drove pack-mules bearing the mutilated bodies of those who had dared during the night to seek food surreptitiously.

    Rainbow's End

  • Neither the man nor the boy ever wholly lost the nightmare memory of the next few days, for their search took them into every part of the reconcentrado districts.

    Rainbow's End

  • It recalled Weyler, however, sent out a new and milder governor-general, modified the _reconcentrado_ orders that had so enraged the United States, and issued, on November 25, a proclamation establishing a sort of home rule, or autonomy, for Cuba.

    The New Nation

  • Whatever be one's convictions, one cannot but respect the profound sincerity of Mark Twain's berserker - like rage over the attitude of Europe in China, the barbarities of Russian autocracy, and the horrors of America's methods in the Philippines, copied after Weyler's reconcentrado policy in Cuba.

    Mark Twain

  • In the provinces of Puerto Principe and Santiago de Cuba, where the 'reconcentrado order' could not be enforced, the great mass of the people are self-sustaining. ...

    Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom

  • American press as "the Butcher"; it was announced that the reconcentrado camps would be broken up; and the Queen Regent decreed the legislative autonomy of Cuba.

    The Path of Empire; a chronicle of the United States as a world power

  • On the 30th of March, Spain abrogated the reconcentrado policy in the "western provinces of Cuba," and on the following day offered to arbitrate the questions arising out of the sinking of the Maine.

    The Path of Empire; a chronicle of the United States as a world power

  • The tragedy of Guadaloupe, to the denouement of which I was an eyewitness, shows that the insurgents have learned the art of butchery as taught by the Spanish, and that a reconcentrado will sometimes betray the Samaritan who helps him.

    Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom


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