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St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Viva Cuba!

 
 
Viva Cuba! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, April 26, 2019
1. Viva Cuba! Marker
Inscription.  José Martí, a leading advocate for Cuban independence from Spain, visited St. Augustine in 1892. Martí came to collect support, supplies, and weapons for the Cuban Revolution. He met with St. Augustine's Cuban population, many of them cigar workers.

At a breakfast held in a cottage on King's Highway, Martí—poet, patriot, revolutionary philosopher, professor—was declared the first "Provisional President of the Republic of Cuba."

Martí also visited his "Cuban Saint" Félix Varela who was buried in Tolomato Cemetery in 1853.

"Liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy." -José Martí
 
Erected by Historic Tours of America.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicHispanic AmericansIndustry & CommercePatriots & Patriotism.
 
Location. 29° 54.504′ N, 81° 19.168′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker can be reached from San
Marker detail: José Martí image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: José Martí
Marco Avenue (Florida Highway A1A) (Business U.S. 1) south of Dufferin Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located along the "History Walk" at the north end of the St. Augustine History Museum parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 167 San Marco Avenue, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Up in Smoke (here, next to this marker); Arriving in Style (here, next to this marker); On With The Show (here, next to this marker); Henry Flagler's "Winter Newport" (a few steps from this marker); Slaves No More (a few steps from this marker); Jail on Wheels (a few steps from this marker); Chain Gangs (within shouting distance of this marker); Walk to Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. José Martí
 
Also see . . .
1. José Martí Biography. José Martí was born in Havana in 1853. He showed a talent for writing and revolutionary politics at an early age. The famous patriotic song "Guantanamera" is adapted from his poetry collection Versos Sencillos and gained greater popularity in 1963 when it was recorded by folk singer Pete Seeger. First exiled from Cuba in 1871, Martí spent much of his life abroad. In 1895, he returned to Cuba to fight for
Marker detail: Padre Félix Varela image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Padre Félix Varela
Cuban born Padre Félix Varela spent his childhood in St. Augustine. Educated in Cuba, he become a priest and teacher, but fled to the U.S. when the Spanish Crown condemned him to death for his views on Cuban liberty. His views aroused the patriotism of José Martí and others who later achieved Cuban independence.
its independence and died on the battlefield. (Submitted on May 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. US Post Office Honors Padre Félix Varela. On September 15, 1997 the United States Post Office issued a postage stamp honoring Padre Félix Varela Morales. Félix Varela Morales was born in Havana, Cuba November 20 1788 and died in St. Augustine Florida February 25 1853. He was the leading educator, philosopher and patriot in Cuba of his time. He taught Philosophy, Chemistry, Physics, Theology and Music. Many of the great Cuban leaders were his students. (Submitted on May 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Viva Cuba! Marker<br>(<i>wide view • parking lot and museum in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, April 26, 2019
4. Viva Cuba! Marker
(wide view • parking lot and museum in background)
Turn of the Century History Walk<br>(<i>access marker along this walkway</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, April 26, 2019
5. Turn of the Century History Walk
(access marker along this walkway)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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