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GENERAL MAXIMO GOMEZ Y BAEZ - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 218086

 

MAXIMO GOMEZ
The Dominican General writes friend Parraga mentioning correspondence issues, the outbreak of smallpox in Jamaica and also expressing him resentment
Manuscript Letter Signed: "M. Gomez" in iron gall ink. 10½x8. Fully Translated in English: "Isthmus of Panama, January 25, 1867. Dr. J.M. Parraga. Dear Friend, I replied to the lovely letters you sent me with Carrillo as soon as I could. I beg you to do me the favor to report this attached sheet among the good ones and even among the bad ones, because all of them are of our interest. Do not be surprised if I send correspondence to Santo Domingo through New York because it is now interrupted here and only arrives late through Santo Tomas. Due to smallpox in Jamaica people don't have anything to do with their siblings of Las Antillas. Nothing important that I could tell you about issues of general interest is happening. I am so very resentful with you because I knew from others that you finally became a complete man after selecting a woman as a partner and along with my complain I send you my friendship and congratulations. If you ever wanted to write me send your letters to my address in Jamaica 'Convoy 45'. Always 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. Very fragile. Toned and lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.


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GENERAL MAXIMO GOMEZ Y BAEZ
Born: October 18, 1836 in BanĂ­, Dominican Republic
Died: June 17, 1905 in Havana, Cuba




Film Credits
1999 Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War (in person)


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