While in Spain, Marti studied law and continued
to speak to anyone that would listen to him
about the wrongs being done in Cuba.
traveled to France where he spent some time
trying to find a way back into his home country. In 1877, he finally slipped back into
under an assumed name. Marti took a wife in
Havana and they had a son about a year later.
Not being able to hold his anger inside regarding the wrong doings going on around him,
he again was arrested and sent back to
Spain.Around 1881 he arrived in the States. He
served as a consular in New York City as he
planned for a revolution with his fellow exiled
In 1895 he would step foot in his homeland Cuba
for the last time. In April of that year, Marti
arrived with a small group of other exiled
They met up with the famous General
Gomez and plans for war were discussed.
following month at the Battle of Dos Rios, the
Spanish had a stronghold set up in the area and
there was no where to go. General Gomez ordered
his men to disengage and to retreat. Marti,
standing by himself, grabbed hold of a courier
rider as he went by and told him, “Let’s
charge!”The rest of the story as they say is
history, but none of those events has ever been
forgotten in the eyes of the Cuban community.
Underneath the bust of Jose Marti (located at
the Cuban Memorial Plaza) is written, "THE CUBAN
LIBERTY APOSTLE WISHED TO OFFER TO THE PEOPLE OF
KEY WEST WHAT WAS LEFT OF HIS HEART. THIS
MEMORIAL PERPETUATES HIS DESIRE."