GENERAL MAXIMO GOMEZ Y BAEZ - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED - HFSID 218087
Sale Price $935.00
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 niche.
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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