Letter for Barack Obama from Workers Gran Caribe Hotels, Cuba

_1-FIFTEEN YEARS IT'S ENOUGH

Havana, October 4, 2013

To: President Barack Obama

Mr. Obama, Nobel Peace Price and President of United States of America, you might ignore the paramount role Cubans played in your country’s Independence War, since the liberation of the thirteen colonies from the English colonialism.

The war that began in 1776, with the Declaration of Independence of Philadelphia, lasted up to 1783 when the Treaty of Versailles was signed by Great Britain thus recognizing the independence of the United States.

In 1781, when George Washington lacked money to continue to fund the independence war, Cuban women surrendered most of their jewels as a contribution to the cause. They raised one million eight hundred reales altogether so that Washington could face and defeat the Englishmen in Yorktown, in the coast of Virginia. This is a story that is hardly mentioned.

In Yorktown battle, troops from Haiti and Havana provided an invaluable contribution; however, today there is no even an indication there to remind us of that feat. This was the first time that Cubans left his land to fight for the independence of another country.

Havana became a supply source for US freedom fighters. Military equipment that arrived in Cuba from Mexico and the Coruña was re-embarked in Havana for the rebels. As a result, trade grew between the Cuban capital and Philadelphia.

Two months after Spain declared war to England in June, 1779, the Spanish General, Bernardo Gálvez, advanced in Florida. He led an army constituted by Cubans that won battle after battle. He defeated the enemy in Manchac, Panmure and Baton Rouge between September 7th and September 21st they reinforced their battalion troops of mestizo and black people of Havana, and with this reinforces they attacked and seized Mobile on February 12th, 1780.

In 1781, Galvéz besieged Pensacola, and once more, troops from Havana joined the effort. This time, the leader was the Cuban General Juan Manuel Cajigal, who was the first one to enter the city. They both secured the margins of the Mississippi river so as to guarantee the supply for the rebels and to ruin the English plans of fencing the pro-independence armies from the west.

General Cajigal’s aid was the then Lieutenant Colonel Francisco de Miranda, a noteworthy Venezuelan during the seizing of Pensacola. He acted as a liaison between General George Washington and Havana with respect to the funds raised by Cuban women. Francisco de Miranda was later a General of the Bolivarian army during the independence war in his country. He was also internationally recognized.

The victories had other strategic aspects:
They were able to boost the confrontation between Indian troops and the Englishmen.
The route of the Bahamas Canal was disrupted.
English lines in the West Indian coast of North America and the Golf of Mexico disappeared.
The enemy was forced to use a significant number of troops; consequently, its operational capacity was diminished.

Cubans have had strong confrontations with the different US administrations for many years, but not with the US people, the nobility, diligence and industriousness of which we acknowledge.

During the XIX century, many Cuban patriots were received by the US people, including Father Varela. Moreover, José Martí founded there the Cuban Revolutionary Party and organized the Guerra Necesaria (the necessary war) in 1895.

On the other hand, the Cuban people remember affectionately US citizen Henry Reeve, born in Brooklyn, who in 1869 joined the Cuban patriots during the Independence war as an expression of internationalism. Due to his talent and courage, he achieved the military rank of Brigadier in the Ejército Libertador and died in the battle Yaguaramas in 1876. He was only 26 years old.

The Cuban Medical Corp that helped countries stricken by natural disasters is named after the glorious name of Henry Reeve.

At the same time, many US personalities have lived in Cuba and they have made themselves at home, the most relevant case is probably that of Ernest Hemingway, for our country was the inspiration to write a significant part of his most renowned works.

As Fidel Castro said, Americans will feel safer and most respected in Cuba rather than anywhere else. Never their flag, or any other flag, has been insulted.

The US cultural groups and sport teams are welcomed in Cuba with hospitality and their good performances are praised by the Cuban audience. The same occurs when Cubans perform in the United States.

The US people have reacted against the provocations by the Miami Mafia and, by the way, our athletes have responded according to their principles.

The US people have defended unjust causes, but they have been deceived first. Notwithstanding, when they learn the truth; they side with it. This is the case of the Viet Nam War and more recently Elian Gonzalez’s kidnapping, when more than the 80% of the US people demanded his return to Cuba. This was a gesture of good will that we will never forget.

Furthermore, when the truth come out in regards to the case of the Cuban Five, breaking the walls of silence and misinformation, the US people will support this just cause.

If what these Cuban young men did– to avoid the attacks of terrorists groups against the Cuban and US people- would have been done by US youth instead, they would have been regarded as Heroes and would have been accorded with honors.

Mr. Obama, as president of the United States, you can free these anti-terrorist young men and lessen, somehow, the insult and shame suffered.

OBAMA, PLEASE GIVE ME FIVE!

In spite of the mountains of calumnies against Cuba, the number of Americans that support the lifting of the blockade and the normalization of our relations is ever-growing.
Despite the restrictions for the US people to take a first hand look at the Cuban reality, there are more and more people travelling to our country, in defiance of the laws imposed by the Nazi-fascist extreme right-wingers, thus diminishing their rights.
Honor and Glory to the fighters for the Independence of the people!

Long live the friendship among peoples!
Workers Gran Caribe Hotels, Havana, Cuba.

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