Biography of Waldo Álvarez Insúa (1856-1938)

Journalist and Spanish writer born in A Estrada (Pontevedra) on June 8, 1856 and died in Madrid on August 10, 1938.

He arrived in Havana in 1877, at the age of twenty, after Park studies of laws that had begun at Santiago de Compostela. From an early age he/she expressed his inclination by letters, and already a seventeen had published his first poems in Galician magazine, directed by the Galician intellectual Benito Vicetto, in addition to making some forays into journalism in different publications, such as El Heraldo Gallego, of Lamas Carvajal, or the journal of Santiago.

Shortly after arriving in Havana, Álvarez Insúa began to publish what would be the publication Dean of overseas, El Eco de Galicia Galician press. Months before had appeared in Cienfuegos galaico beeper, led by Domingo Devesa and José Porrúa, but only remained for a few months, while the echo of Galicia had a life of twenty-three years. Very soon, the pages directed by Waldo Álvarez would become reference for the Galicians emigrated. In them were published texts of Emilia Pardo Bazán, Manuel Murguía, Manuel Curros Enríquez or Nicomedes Pastor Díaz.

From the pages of El Eco de Galicia, on October 12, 1879, Álvarez Insua promoted the creation of the Galician Center de La Habana, entity that it would launch only a month more later (see regional houses). Álvarez Insua was Vice President and partner of merit of an entity that in a short time was a cornerstone of the Galician society on the island of Cuba. The echo of Galicia would also denounce publicly the maneuvers that were shortly to be initiated from the circle of farmers of Havana to bring Galician workers who develop their work in terms similar to slavery. This situation had begun to germinate in 1878 at the end of the ten years ' war and the signing of the peace of Zanjón, which other agreements abolishing slavery. Some Cuban employers claimed that ill-informed Galician workers form new quotas of legal slaves, who would work in harsh conditions and with a minimum wage. From his newspaper, Álvarez Insua fought against this situation, and they served their notice items Galicians who embarked bound for the promised land.

Waldo Álvarez married Cuban Sara Escobar de Cisneros. The couple, who had six children, traveled to Galicia frequently. Álvarez Insua had time to finish in Havana the law studies initiated in Galicia.

In 1897, after blowing up the Maine and the signing of the Treaty of Paris, Álvarez Insua decided to leave Cuba; in a letter to his brother-in-law justified its decision: "the Cuba where I lived was in Spain [...] It could not see, without a mortal sadness, another flag in the nose than the Spanish. "Call it selfishness or fanaticism but, I repeat, if I'm not leaving, I'm dying".

Waldo Álvarez Insúa settled with his family in La Coruña, and from there went on to live in Madrid, where he/she worked as a lawyer and continued to collaborate with various publications and cultural associations until his death in 1938.