General Weyler came up with the reconstruction plan, in order to stop rebels from recieving aid. The goal was to keep the civilians alive and protected until the rebel forces were put down
Cubans were forced into fortified camps, the camps were disorganized and un-sanitary.
Hundreds of thousands of people were herded into the camps and lived in close confines. In total 321,934 people had perished under the reconsentration policy
Weylers plan to separate peasants from insurgents had backfired. In America, Yellow journalism sensationlized Weyler's ruthless tactis and named him the "Butcher". Welyer's ways were suported by the conservative Spanish government but liberals were angered by the destruction in Cuba. Cuban Civilians quickly gained support from Americans and Weyler was quickly recalled from his position.