The Dominican General who fought for the independence of Cuba for
more than 40 years asks friend Parraga to immediately send a letter
Autograph Note Signed: "G.Baez" in iron gall ink.10¾x8½.
Fully Translated in English: "New Orleans, June 1, 1985. Dr. J. M.
Parraga. Dear Friend: It is so very urgent that you put in the mail the letter
that I have attached to you, so it can leave tomorrow at the prayer time. I'll
be waiting for your letters. Receive a hug from your friend G. Baez"
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.), 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. Multiple mailing folds.
Toned. Type transfer at lower blank margin. Envelope attached. Otherwise, fine
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