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El Mayor: an immortal paradigm for Cubans

By Edel Blanco Duarte / Radio Cadena Agramonte.
148th anniversary of the fall in combat of Ignacio AgramonteyLoynaz.

His death in combat that May 11, 1873 wasasevereloss. Many of his subordinates refused to believe the news and decided to waitfor a confirmation, but itwas true: Ignacio Agramonte y Loynaz had fallen in combat in the Potrero de Jimaguayú.

That unexpected death not only affected the independence feat that began in October 1868 and the plans of the leaders to take the war to the Cuban west, but also the soul of an entire city that, upon seeing the corpse of the head of the Mambi troops in the center -East of the island, she was shocked and suffered like a mother when she loses a son.

The bullet in the right temple was not the only one shown by El Mayor. A forensic report referred to multiple wounds on the hero's now lifeless body, inflicted with a knife by the hyenas of the guerrillas in the service of Spain, who looted belongings and valuables from the corpses. Precisely, the stolen pieces persuaded the Spanish leader José Rodríguez de León of the identity of the fallen.

The most conspicuous figure in the armed insurrection in Camagüey, despite not being physically on the battlefield leading his troops, continued to be an inspiring example for those who were once under his command; he would be an immortal shadow, as José Martí later called him.  

The libertarian contest continued. There were several wars. Agramonte's dream of seeing Cuba and its inhabitants free from all foreign oppression came true on January 1, 1959.

Today, 148 years after his death, in addition to the history of his exploits, the statues and portraits of El Bayardo de Cuba, his figure as a just leader and a worthy Cuban who sacrificed wealth and a legendary love for the sovereignty of the island is immortalized.

So, the inhabitants of this region of Cuba feel forever the pride of being from Camaguey and we understand why successive generations do not stop admiring a great hero. (Photo: File)