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GENERAL MAXIMO GOMEZ Y BAEZ - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/13/1901 - HFSID 217437

 

MAXIMO GOMEZ
The renowned Latin military general Gomez writes Dr. Gener to express him gratitude and his lamentation for a disagreement that affects Cubans.

Autograph Letter Signed: "M. Gomez" in iron gall ink. 10x8.In full: "Habana February 13, 1901. Dear Doctor, Thank you for your kind letter, I am truly thankful for the attentions you have given to the people that I have recommended. Regarding that other issue on your letter, regardless it was wrong I thank you for your congratulation. Everybody knows because I have said until satiety how I feel and think about this delicate problem, that is a problem for any man who loves himself. And being honest with you, as I am with everybody, I feel very sorry for the disagreement, for the Cubans. The damage is already done and there is no reason to talk about such disagreeable issue anymore. All yours, S.S. M. Gomez." Dominican Major General Maximo Gomez (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.), Dios 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. Toned. Ink slightly bled through. Small stains throughout. Light surface creases. Slightly worn. 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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