Thursday, 11 October 2018 13:23

A Resounding Cry for Independence

Written by Ricardo López Hevia
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A Resounding Cry for Independence Photos: Ricardo López Hevia

A century and a half has passed since the cry for Cuban independence. It was the year 1868, and there was something new in the air at the La Demajagua sugar mill, where the atmosphere could be cut with a machete, the same tool that from October 10 became a symbol of struggle, and of liberty.


Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, already alerted by a family friend that Spanish troops were heading to his farm to arrest him for his desire to be free or martyred, summoned all those who could hear him, all those who could identify with his vision of a new Cuba, for all Cubans.

To arrive to this historic, sacred site of the homeland today, to see that part of its sugar mill remains, that its bell continues to toll for independence, and watch the flags flutter in the wind, transports you back in time.

The good state of conservation of Céspedes' house, now a museum, makes it a must see for all Cubans, to renew our commitment to our free homeland. (Granma)

La Demajagua's bell continues to toll for independence

La Demajagua, sacred site of the homeland

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