Up to today there are 50 versions of this event. Between the year 2005 and 2006 a research work developed in the proper pasture of Jimaguayú on the combat in which El Mayor lost his life, convened by the Office of the Historian of the City, which was in charge of a multidisciplinary group of specialists in history and military engineering, cartography, archaeology and researchers and historians in general, of the country and of the province headed by the retired colonel Dr. Raúl Izquierdo Canosa, president of that time of the Institute of History of Cuba, and with the collaboration of the Spanish archaeologist Francisco Javier Navarro Chueca.

From this research was created the book ¨Ignacio Agramonte y el combate de Jimaguayú¨ for which there were born in mind and were tackled the stage of the combat, the contending strengths, and the combat itself, and even the half hundred of versions, coincidental someone written in letters, military reports, or allusions to the fact.

In the act of celebration of the 100th anniversary for the fall in combat of Agramonte, the maximum leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro expressed: "Crossing the pasture to give instructions to the cavalry, he meets suddenly a Spanish company; that without being still discovered, had penetrated in the pasture, being protected by the high grass. And in that circumstances, of an unexpected form, Agramonte -accompanied just by 4 men of his escort- meets suddenly in the middle of that Spaniard company (...) and dies in that action for a bullet that goes through the right part of his head”.

The true thing is that, as says the book of the group of experts, and as I listened to one of them in over an opportunity in his work periods in Camagüey, the glorious death of essential men has been frequent in the History of Cuba, where the sorrow, the immense pain for the loss of the most dear head has moved more than once, so much in the War of Independence facing Spain, as in the War of National Liberation during the Yankee neocolony.

Ignacio Agramonte y Loynaz, El Mayor, was at a height of the bravest and illustrious men of his time, therefore it is not necessary to think that in Jimaguayú he was wrong, although also it is known that errors can be committed. Often Agramonte was among the first ones that were facing the enemy.

My version, which perhaps someone notes down some day like the 51st, is that El Mayor died so that we live today inspired by his example.

Translated by BA in English Language, Manuel Barrera Téllez

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