Although José Martí’s political thought appears in practice with the failed attempt of the Little War, it was during the preparation of the new stage of the struggle for the independence of Cuba when it reached its maximum splendor.
To give continuity to the ideals of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, and to prevent the mistakes that led to the failure of the Ten Years’ War, José Martí founded the Cuban Revolutionary Party, around which would revolve all those compatriots who would participate directly or indirectly in the new struggle.
Under Martí’s orders, the uprising of February 24, 1895 took place in several points of the Cuban geography, independently of the fact that his arrival to the island occurred on April 11 of that same year, together with Máximo Gómez.
Martí and his ideal’s continuity
His life was cut short on May 19, 1895 in Dos Rios, however, the following generations of patriots took up the political thought of the Apostle, as a baton or witness in the relay race. Julio Antonio Mella, Rubén Martínez Villena and many others of the first half of the 20th century, continued the struggle for the full freedom of Cuba.
To close the last stretch of the race with a flourish, our undefeated and eternal Commander Fidel Castro took the relay, finished the race at full speed and won the victory. He accomplished what Martí promised.
Our Apostle was made known by Fidel as the sole intellectual author of the attack on the Moncada Barracks, and the new generations consider him also the intellectual author of the expedition of the Granma Yacht, of the Sierra Maestra, of the triumph of January 1, 1959, and of the very existence and continuity of the Cuban Revolution, which from Céspedes to the present day has been only one.