The Dominican General writes friend Parraga mentioning correspondence
issues, the outbreak of smallpox in Jamaica and also expressing him
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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