The Major General pens a letter to a friend giving him a detailed
list of the money invested in letters, metal arc, glass and a tablet for the
Autograph Document Signed: "M. Gomez" in iron gall ink. 10½x8.
Fully Translated in English: "Calabazas, May 27, 1901. Dr. Miguel
Genez. Habana. My very good friend: For your own satisfaction I have the
pleasure to write you a detailed list of the investment I have made and of the
collected amount on the justice date in favor of the deceased Juan Armao and
also of everything else you allowed me to do to. Amount that together with the
one that Mr. Eliseo Castaya sent me with the same intention, gives a total of
two hundred pesos and 7 reals of Spanish gold. For you to know: For the front of
a tablet to be put in the niche, $51. Fort the letters, 17.
Fort the tablet, 8.50. Fort the metal arc, 21.25. Fort the glass, 4.25. For the
placement of the tablet, 21.20. Total, 123.20; so, it let eighty one pesos and
eighty seven reals of Spanish gold, which I have sent to Marti. Without any
other thing to discuss, your friend. M. Gomez." Dominican Major General Maximo Gomez y Baez (1836-1905) was
initially trained as an officer of the Spanish Army at the Zaragoza Military
Academy, originally arriving in Cuba as a cavalry Captain in the Spanish Army
before taking up the rebel cause in 1968. Gomez famously helped transform
the Cuban Army's military tactics and strategy, teaching the guerrilla
independence fighters, the Mambises, their most feared tactic: the "Machete
Charge". Gomez worked odd military jobs for the next couple decades: he
became involved with the independence of Puerto Rico when he sold most of his
possessions to finance a revolution, even volunteering to lead troops (later
deemed unnecessary when Spain intervened), as well as was promoted to General of
the Cuban army, improving the military's guerrilla tactics most effective
against the traditional Spanish forces. The Spanish-American War, the result of
the United States interfering in the Cuban War of Independence, forced Cuba to
decide if they should choose heritage over their New World partners (Spain vs.
U.S.)He decided to fight solely for his adopted country's independence; he
lost his most trusted officer Antonio Maceo, and his son Francisco Gomez in the
war in 1896, but by 1898 Cuba had obtained independence and Gomez was offered
the presidential nomination, but he refused due to his Dominican heritage.
By that time his was 75 years old, having spent half his life dedicated to the
liberation of Cuba, and he died in Havana in 1905.Multiple mailing folds.
Heavily toned. Otherwise, good condition
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GENERAL MAXIMO GOMEZ Y BAEZ
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