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Name: Gómez y Baez, Máximo

Historical Note: Máximo Gómez y Baez was born in Baníi, Santo Domingo in 1831. When Santo Domingo was liberated from the Spanish, he went to Cuba. In 1868 he joined the Cuban insurrection, and through his ability and daring soon became major-general. Gómez was influential in bringing about the insurrection of 1895-98 and was made commander-in-chief of the Cuban army. His policy was to avoid open engagements and to drive the Spaniards out by devastating the island and constantly harassing their troops. When the Americans landed in Cuba in 1898, he assisted the American governor-general in his work in the island. Gómez was governor of the province of Santa Clara and a member of the Constitutional Convention. He died in Havana on 17 June 1905.

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