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The Major General writes a letter to Colonel Juan Bravo instructing him to select the senators for an important war assembly and requests him to offer all the necessary help to achieve the desired destiny of Cuba
Autograph Letter Signed: "M. Gomez" in iron gall ink. 12½x8½. Fully Translated in English: "To Colonel Juan Bravo, Chief of the Brigade of Trinity. Colonel, In order to follow the precepts of our Constitution and the ones in the Electoral Law promulgated by the Republic Governing Council, you will proceed to the election of the senators assisting to the assembly that will take place next September. This important duty for the destinies of the Fatherland will deserve all your attention, seeing in this order the respect that all of us should have for our laws. In representation of this General Barrack its official delegate Colonel Fernando Frupre de Anda will give you his valuable help with this important duty and due to the importance of this action, he will leave in the same high rank to the major auditor, being accompanied by senator Pedro Pinan de Villegas. I, that have the pleasure to communicate you about the union that such dignified patriots have woken up with their talents to the Fatherland. Also, I strongly recommend you to offer any kind of help, guards and attentions so the duty assigned by this 4th. Brigade of our Army can be completed quickly. All yours, Maria Teresa, May 12, 1897. The Chief General 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. Toned and worn. Pinhead-size hole at center. Sealed. Otherwise, fine condition

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Born: October 18, 1836 in BanĂ­, Dominican Republic
Died: June 17, 1905 in Havana, Cuba

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

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