By: Liborio País
When looking at one of the many available pictures of Winston Churchill one doesn’t need to be very accurate to notice the link between the famous British statesman and
Just a little after the conservatives lost the elections and Churchill had to step down from the prime minister chair, he arrived in
He was already 71 years old but the vitality that allowed him to successfully face so many battles in his rich existence were evidently intact. This was quickly noticed by the hotel workers who, after the departure of the distinguished guest and as a response to the curiosity of the press on knowing the details of Churchill’s stay, commented that the man began to cause trouble at early morning times. Churchill would wake up at 5 in the morning and from that moment on he would raise hell in the whole hotel staff. His whims were overwhelming for those who had the mission to serve him well as if he still were the English primer.
One rainy day, upset because the weather did not allow him to take his usual swim in the pool, he suddenly ordered to pack his suitcases to leave and later on counter-ordered to unpack them as soon as the sun came out. Another day , as if by magic, Churchill disappeared for several hours. Not even Clementine could respond to where he could have gone. The man resisted the passing of time and giving up certain pleasures of life. Much later, it would be known that Sir Churchill had escaped to enjoy the beauty of the women of
It was also said that, on one occasion Churchill asked to be taken for a drive around the city in a convertible and, since the Cuban protocol did not have any such vehicle, the proprietor of the Partagás cigar factory, maybe in an attempt to snatch the famed client from “Romeo y Julieta, offered his own car and served as a driver in exchange for a visit to the Partagás Factory. Almost at the end of his stay, as it was expected to occur, he was invited for lunch by the president of the republic Ramón Grau San Martín. Lunch offered yet another anecdote. Churchill left to the Presidential Palace, with all the etiquette the occasion demanded and gave reliable proof of his English origin as the delegation drove around the palace for 10 minutes in order for the ex-premier and the statesman to meet at the scheduled time. Yes Sir, punctuality first. When lunch ended, the Cuban president made Churchill go out to one of the terraces of the presidential house to observe the people of
At the end of his stay in the
He left to the
On November 30, 1895, the young official Winston Churchill did not have time to celebrate his birthday as, forming part of the Spanish troops that tried to hunt down the Mambises led by General Máximo Gómez in the region of Sancti Spiritus, he found himself in the middle of a skirmish where, a bullet failed to injure him by only one feet from his head, killing the horse that followed his. Of the incident he would then write in his memoirs: “At least this way, I had been under fire; from this moment I commenced to adopt a more analytic position of our enterprise in
What was Winston Churchill doing in
One year after he joined the military
He also dedicated, in his ample biography, long passages to the Cuban patriots of the
“ Manigua”: “The insurgents gain popular support constantly. There is no doubt they benefited from the sympathy of the majority of the Cuban population.”…”they were armed with a terrible knife called the machete”.
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