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Raising an army of 40,000 men, the rebels promptly regrouped and headed west, engaging the Spanish for the first time on May 19 in a place called Dos Ríos. It was on this bullet-strafed and strangely anonymous battlefield that Martí, conspicuous on his white horse and dressed in his trademark black dinner suit, was shot and killed as he charged suicidally toward the Spanish lines. Had he lived he would certainly have become Cuba’s first president; instead, he became a hero and a martyr whose life and legacy would inspire generations of Cubans in the years to come.
If you don’t mind roughing it on local transport, conversing in barely intelligible Spanish or reading your Lonely Planet by torchlight, read on. Return to beginning of chapter THE MUSICAL TOUR Two Weeks to One Month / Havana to Baracoa Ease in gently at Havana’s Iglesia de San Francisco de Asís, where refined classical music echoes eerily through the cloisters of a converted 18th-century church. Next shimmy a couple of blocks west to Mesón de la Flota, where rasping vocals and furious flamenco invites listeners to discover the elusive spirit of what aficionados call duende (a term used in flamenco to describe the ultimate climax to the music).
Return to beginning of chapter JULY Día De La Rebeldía Nacional Jul 26 On this day the Cubans ‘celebrate’ Fidel Castro’s failed 1953 attack on Santiago’s Moncada Barracks (see boxed text,). The event is a national holiday and – in the days when Castro enjoyed better health – the loquacious leader was famous for making five-hour speeches. Expect un poco (a little) politics and mucho (much) eating, drinking and being merry. CARNAVAL DE SANTIAGO DE CUBA end of Jul Arguably the biggest and most colorful carnival in the Caribbean, the famous Santiago shindig Click here is a riot of floats, dancers, rum, rumba and more.