Cuba Remembers Restart of Struggles for Independence

The Cubans are celebrating today the 122nd anniversary of the resumption of the unfinished battle to conquer their independence from the Spanish metropolis, known for historiography as the Necessary War.

That day, the veterans of the so-called Ten Years' War (1868-1878), also known as the Great War, and The Little War (La Guerra Chiquita-1879-1880), as well as the new patriotic generations, attended the call to arms for independence.

On December 8, 1894, Jose Marti drafted and signed the uprising plan in Cuba, along with Colonels Mayia Rodriguez, representing Dominican Maximo Gomez, elected since 1884 as General in Chief of the Liberating Army, and Enrique Collazo, on behalf of the country's patriots.

The period known as the 'Tregua Fecunda' (Fecund Truce/inter war period) was between both wars, during which Jose Marti, main organizer of the war in 1895, managed to reunite the patriots around the Cuban Revolutionary Party, with the express purpose of founding 'the new indispensable Republic to the American balance.'

Although the victory was snatched by the intervention of the United States, facilitated among other things by the fall in combat of agglutinating political-military leaders such as Antonio Maceo and Jose Marti, the war was the scene for the teaching for later times from the political-military viewpoint, especially as regards the need for a single command.

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Cuba Thanks Support for Marti Sculpture Project in New York

New York, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuban officials have thanked today in this city the support of institutions and New Yorkers to the project to take to the island a replica of the statue of the pro-independence hero, Jose Marti, located in the Central Park.

Cuba's permanent representative to the United Nations, Anayansi Rodriguez, and Havana historian, Eusebio Leal, acknowledged the efforts made for years to materialize the initiative, such as those carried out by the Bronx Museum of the Arts, through its Friends of Jose Marti sculpture project.

Thanks to the support of many of you, we have reached this point, and we are close of turning the noble dream into reality, the ambassador said during an event at the island's Permanent Mission to the UN where dozens of people participated.

Leal highlighted the contribution of lawyers, donors and other Cubans and Americans enrolled in the project, which he assured, could take to Cuba in the first months of this year the replica of the equestrian bronze sculpture by Anna Huntington (1876 -1973).

'When I first knew this statue 20 years ago, I dreamed that we should do a replica to take this wonderful work to Cuba, which represents our national hero in the exact moment of his death,' he said.

The historian provided details of the process to boost the initiative and obtain the required permission, which included the generosity of the Bronx Museum of the Arts executive director, Holly Block, the approval of the State Department and the authorization of New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio.

According to Leal, Block agreed that the New York institution would be responsible for collecting the necessary funds, about $2.5 million USD.

Executives from the Bronx Museum of the Arts explained that the works of the reproduction of the Jose Marti statue began by a complex process to obtain three-dimensional images from different angles.

Due to the weight of the statue, more than six tons, and its location in a busy area of Central Park in New York, it was unthinkable to dismantle it to take it to a workshop or any other variant than the digital scan of the figure, made by an extraordinary team, they emphasized.

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