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Stamps (in chronological order)
Star 'Cien Años de Lucha: 1868-1968' José Martí, part of a 1868-1968 series showing the martyrs and watershed events of Cuban history, with important contextual backgrounds, died 1896. Here remembered with the "Grito de Baire."
Star 'Cien Años de Lucha: 1868-1968' La Invasion. I'm not quite sure of the significance of this man or place. Please write if you know.
Star 'Cien Años de Lucha: 1868-1968' Grito de Yara. I'm not quite sure of the significance of this man or place. Please write if you know.
Star 'Cien Años de Lucha: 1868-1968' Grito de Lares. I'm not quite sure of the significance of this man or place. Please write if you know.
Star 'Cien Años de Lucha: 1868-1968' Baragua. Here General Antonio Maceo refuses surrender to the terms provided by the occupying Spanish forces late in the ill-fated first Cuban War of Independence. The war itself was lost, but this rejection of Spanish rule was a significant point of pride and impulse for the second War some years later.
Star 'Cien Años de Lucha: 1868-1968' Frank País. I'm not quite sure of the significance of this man or place. Please write if you know.
Star 'Cien Años de Lucha: 1868-1968' El Morillo. I'm not quite sure of the significance of this man or place. Please write if you know.
Star 'Cien Años de Lucha: 1868-1968' Moncada Barracks. Commemorates the 1953 debacle after which Fidel Castro was imprisoned (he later wrote the speech "History Will Absolve Me" for his court defense), and from which his July 26th guerrilla movement derived its name.
Star 'Cien Años de Lucha: 1868-1968' Estudiantiles. I believe this is a man by the name of Echevarria, who died in the student uprisings late in the Revolution. Significant as they were as a new facet of a previously peasant-based war, these uprisings also held important lessons in urban guerrilla warfare.
Star 'Cien Años de Lucha: 1868-1968' Clavellinas. I'm not quite sure of the significance of this man or place. Please write if you know.
Star 'Cien Años de Lucha: 1868-1968' Isle of Pines. The silhouette of the Isle of Pines (now the Isle of Youth) is overlayed with a rejection of the Platt Amendment - a trailer on the Cuban Constitution of 1902 (repealed in 1933) that allowed the United States to intervene militarily in Cuba's internal affairs. The words "Anti-Imperialist Struggle" extend this long-time fight by Cuba against Imperial dictation from abroad.
Star 'Cien Años de Lucha: 1868-1968' Camilo Cienfuegos, Here Cienfuegos is remembered as a leader of the "Revolutionary Struggle."
Star 'Cien Años de Lucha: 1868-1968' Che Guevara, in the same series, died 1967. Here remembered with the "First Declaration of Havana."
Star 'Dia del Guerrillero' Series #1. This and the following stamps are from 1968 and commemorate the one year anniversary of Che's death on October 8, 1967; A national holiday afterwards known as "Dia del Guerrillero (Heroico)." They each highlight a passage or quote from his writings and speeches.
Star 'Dia del Guerrillero' Series #3. This piece contains a phrase from Che's Message to the Tricontinental (OSPAAAL) in 1967 - to "Create two, three...many Vietnams."
Star 'Dia del Guerrillero' Series #9. The ninth in the series, I'm still not sure where the text comes from. Please write if you know.
Star 'Dia del Guerrillero' Series #10. The tenth in the series, I'm still not sure where the text comes from. Please write if you know.
Star 'Dia del Guerrillero' Series #13. One of the final stamps in the series, this one simply states "Hasta la Victoria Siempre" from Che's Farewell Letter to Fidel and Cuba.
Star Che Guevara, on the coolest stamp in my collection, it's not even canceled. Stamp year 1968.
Star Plaza de La Revolución. To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Plaza de La Revolución. As this predates the triumph of Castro's forces in 1959, I assume that the Martí monument that is the subject of this stamp was originally built in this spot in 1953.
Star Leonid Brezhnev and Fidel Castro. To commemorate a 1974 visit of Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev.
Star Josí Martí and Vladimir Lenin, A tribute to the fathers of both communist states. I can just imagine how bonkers those fools in Miami must have gone when they saw this.
Star Vladimir Lenin. To commmemorate the 50th anniversary of Lenin's death.
Star Fifteenth anniversary of the disappearance of Camilo Cienfuegos, one of the central figures in the Revolutionary struggle. He was lost at sea in a plane crash over the Caribbean north of Cuba shortly after the triumph of the Revolution in 1959. Stamp year 1974.
Star In memoriam of the death of Chilean president Salvador Allende who died in the coup which brought that punk ass Pinochet to power in 1973. Stamp year 1974.
Star Thirtieth anniversary of the Moncada garrison attack, the 1953 debacle after which Fidel Castro was imprisoned (he later wrote the speech "History Will Absolve Me" for his court defense), and from which his July 26th guerrilla movement derived its name. Stamp year 1983.
Star José Martí. Commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the "Versos Sencillos."
Star Generales. Commemorating the generals who fell in the Cuban Wars of Independence.
Star Generales 2. Commemorating the generals who fell in the Cuban Wars of Independence.
Star Fortieth anniversary of the Granma landing. This ship brought the core of the guerrilla movement to Cuba from Mexico in 1956. Stamp year 1996.
Star Stamp celebrating the 50th anniversary of Cuba's membership in the United Nations. 1947-1997.
Star Che broadcasting on Radio Rebelde. This 1998 stamp commemorates the 40th anniversary of the guerrilla radio station. Tell me this wouldn't have made a great cover for Rage Against the Machine's single "Guerrilla Radio."

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Central leader of Cuba's first independence war; on October 10, 1868, issued Grito de Yara [Cry of Yara], proclaiming Cuba's independence; killed by Spanish troops in ambush.