Biography of Vicente García González (1832-1886)

Revolutionary and Cuban general born in Las Tunas in 1832 and died in Río Chico (Venezuela) in 1886. He/She participated in the Organization of the war of the ten years (1868-1878). In the uprising of Las Tunas, it supported lawns along with other revolutionaries in other provinces. He/She was appointed Secretary of war and finance in 1873. The following year he/she began to develop the idea of a possible betrayal of the rebels and began planning a pylon of the Tunas rebellion against President Cisneros.

In 1875, when Máximo Gómez was across "La Trocha", the President ordered Vicente García to go West to help Gomez. It was the moment that García rebelled against Cisneros (April 20, 1875). Their insurgency was seconded by the rebels of Las Tunas, Las Villas, Jiguani, and Manzanillo. Cisneros sent Gomez to serve as an intermediary and persuaded Vicente García to resign.

In 1876, Gomez withdrew from the Villas and the then President Tomás Estrada proposed to Vicente García as his successor in the region; Vicente García organized the following year, together with Calixto García, the attacks in the East. Received the order to leave to the West, on March 12, 1877 revealed against President Estrada in Santa Rita. He/She organized the uprising of the army units and proclaimed the Federal Democratic Social Republic. That same year, a follower of Vicente García took Holguin and eliminated all kinds of authority. President Estrada was arrested by the Spaniards. The rebel Assembly met in Seville River and on December 10, 1877 appointed Vicente García new President to designate it as responsible for the defeat that his insurgency had caused.

As President of Cuba, Vicente García was the first who spoke of peace with the Spanish general Prendergast Tunas on February 3, 1878. An armistice of peace was reached on February 28.

Two years after reaching a peace agreement, there was an outbreak of revolution called the "Guerra Chiquita"; However, the revolutionaries García, Basulto, Moncada and flags had to surrender due to lack of support. In this dangerous situation for the insurrectionists, Vicente García decided to sell his farm, which obtained 40,000 pesos of gold that allowed him to emigrate to Venezuela, where he/she dedicated himself to the cocoa trade. He/She died in exile in 1886, victim of a poisoning.

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