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Colonel Fermin Valdes Dominguez Y Quintano Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: July 10, 1852 in La Habana, Cuba
Died: June 13, 1910 in La Habana, Cuba
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Fermin Valdes Dominguez y Quintano (1852-1910), was José Martí's oldest and best friend, "the brother of his soul" as Martí called him. Both Domingues and Martí, who had met in school, opposed Spanish rule in Cuba, and were convicted of treason while still in their teens. At their trial, each tried to protect the other. Martí was more convincing, received a six-year sentence of hard labor; Valdes received six months. Eventually, both were deported to Spain, where Valdés finished his medical studies and Martí studied law. Valdés assisted Martí in organizing the Revolution of 1895, and, when Martí was killed in the early days of the war, Valdés went to Cuba, where he served under Generals José Maceo and Maximo Gómez for the duration of the war. As a physician, Valdés was valuable to the Cuban rebels who, in recognition of his services, elected him as one of the army's representatives to the Yaya constitutional convention in 1897.   

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