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José Martí in Guatemala

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, December 15, 2016
1. José Martí in Guatemala Marker
Inscription.
Jose Marti
Vivio en esta casa en 1877
Apostol y mártir de la
independencia de Cuba.
Su obra de poeta, escritor
y político se inspiro en
altos ideales de libertad
y fraternidad.
Amo al pueblo de Guatemala
que le rinde este homenaje.
1853-1953

English translation:
José Martí
Lived in this house in 1877
Apostle and martyr of the
independence of Cuba.
His work as poet, writer
and politician were inspired by
high ideals of freedom and brotherhood.
He loved the people of Guatemala
that make this tribute to him.

 
Erected 1953.
 
Location. 14° 38.157′ N, 90° 30.996′ W. Marker is in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in Municipality of Guatemala. Marker is on 4a Avenida, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is above the building's entrance and can't be easily seen from eye level. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13-24 4a Avenida, Guatemala City, Guatemala 01001, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. House of Miguel Garcia Granados (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); Dolores Bedoya de Molina (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); José Luis de León Díaz (Luis de Lión)
José Martí in Guatemala Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 15, 2016
2. José Martí in Guatemala Marker
(approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Assassination of Maria Chinchilla (approx. half a kilometer away); 100th Anniversary of the Paulist Fathers in Guatemala (approx. half a kilometer away); The Aycinena Arcade (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); 300th Anniversary of the Printing Press in Guatemala (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Julio and Enrique de la Riva (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guatemala City.
 
Regarding José Martí in Guatemala. José Martí's stay in Guatemala was relatively brief, from March 26, 1877 until July 27, 1878. He came to Guatemala from Mexico in order to escape the potential problems he would have with the conservative government of Porfirio. While in Guatemala he taught at the University of San Carlos and gave other private lessons.

In Guatemala he was close to one of his students, María García Granados, the daughter of ex-President and Liberal leader of Guatemala, Miguel García Granados. Martí's residence indicated here by the marker is near to a house where Granados and his family lived. Martí returned to Mexico for one month during his time in Guatemala, in order to marry his fiancee, Carmen Zayas Bazán. Soon after, María García Granados would be found drowned. Many years later in 1891, Martí wrote his most famous poem "La Niña de Guatemala", which describes the feelings he must have continued to have for someone that he describes as "having died from love" ("la que se murió de amor"). It is still common today to hear Guatemalans mention the girl that "died from love", even more than 100 years later.

The marker was placed on the 100th anniversary of José Martí's birth in 1853.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 15, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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