García y González, Vicente (1833–1886)

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García y González, Vicente (1833–1886)

Vicente García y González (b. 23 January 1833; d. 4 March 1886), Cuban general. General García was one of the regional military caudillos who emerged in Cuba during the Ten Years' War (1868–1878). A native of the district of Las Tunas, Oriente Province, he was something of a feudal lord. He led his guerrilla troops to some brilliant victories over the Spanish army, but he was unruly and inconsistent, and his ambition prompted him to launch seditious movements against the insurgent provisional government, finally contributing to its collapse and the ultimate failure of the insurgent effort. García participated in some obscure way in the negotiations with the Spanish that culminated in the end of the war. Afterward he sought refuge in Venezuela, where he spent the rest of his life. He died in Río Chico, Venezuela.

See alsoTen Years' War .

BIBLIOGRAPHY

There are no sources in English. His grandson wrote a book-length biography: Florencio García Cisneros, El león de Santa Rita: El general Vicente García y la guerra de los diez años, Cuba, 1868–1878 (1988). García's military career is discussed in Fernando Figueredo, La revolución de Yara (1969).

Additional Bibliography

Marrero, Victor Manuel, and Vicente García González. Vicente García: Leyenda y realidad. Havana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, 1992.

                                      JosÉ M. HernÁndez