Máximo Gómez was born in Santo Domingo in 1836. At the age of 20, he ended his education in order to join the Spanish army.
His first destination was Haiti. There he fought for Spain for some time, but in 1865 he left for Cuba, where he initially commanded reserve troops for Spain.
Soon though, his views changed. He saw many slaves in Cuba and realized the value of independence to Cuba. He changed sides in the war, deciding to fight with the revolutionaries.
In just four days he went from sergeant to general, becoming the Chief of the First Corps. Eventually Gómez returned home to his plantation, as the war didn't give Cuba her independence. Gómez began another war (The Little War) in 1880, but it too failed.
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