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José Julián Martí Pérez (1/28/1853 – 5/19/1895) a Cuban national hero & an important figure in Latin American literature. He was a poet, essayist, journalist, revolutionary philosopher, translator, a professor, publisher, & political theorist. Thru writings & political activity, he became a symbol for Cuba's bid for independence against Spain in the 19th century, and is referred to as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence."


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Emilio's brothers, Facundo and José, and his brother-in-law Henri (Don Enrique) Schueg, remained in Cuba with the difficult task of sustaining the company during a period of war. The women in the family were exiled in Kingston, Jamaica. After the Cuban War of Independence and the US occupation of Cuba, "The Original Cuba Libre" and the Daiquiri were both born with Bacardi rum. In 1899 US General Leonard Wood appointed Emilio Bacardí Mayor of Santiago de Cuba.