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Carlos Manuel de Céspedes

Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Cespedes explored, by J.A.Sierra

Carlos Manuel de Céspedes launched the official military quest for Cuban independence from Spain on October 12 1868. In a historic speech known as the Cry of Yara (el Grito de Yara), he freed his slaves, and, along with a handful of additional rich Cuban planters who did likewise, began what became the Ten-Year War. This day is celebrated in Cuba as the Day of Cuban Culture.