Havana, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) As a writer, essayist, poet, playwright, but above all as a fierce independence warrior and radical revolutionary for his time Máximo Gómez was remembered here today, a prominent figure in the history of Dominican Republic and Cuba.
The Cuban History Institute (IHC) has held a workshop today in its headquarters on the occasion of the 180th anniversary of the birth of General Máximo Gómez (Bani 1836-Havana 1905), who had an active and outstanding participation in the wars for independence in Dominican Republic and Cuba, where he reached the rank of Major General.
The Dominican ambassador to Havana, Joaquín Gerónimo, one of the speakers at the forum, pointed out that ‘Máximo Gómez is the highest symbol of historical unity between the Dominican and Cuban peoples’
Gómez, who won the title of El Generalísimo for his consistent military leadership in the Mambí Army, participated in the so-called 10-Year War (1868-1878), the first Cuban anti-colonialist gestation, and supported a new insurrection attempt called the Guerra Chiquita (1879-1880).
Subsequently, with José Martí and Antonio Maceo, he became involved in the Necessary War (1895-1898). He was the only one of that triad of independentist leaders who survived that bloody war.
In his lecture, Gerónimo outlined Gómez’ s participation in the plot against the invasion of Santo Domingo by Haiti in 1855, but it was his participation in the Cuban struggles against the Spanish colonial domination in which ‘Máximo Gómez enters the forge of a glorious desteny emphasized the diplomat.