Cuban General Jose Marti square in Cap-Haitian

On January 23, 2014, Michel Martelly placed a wreath at the base of a monument to General Jose Marti, who gained freedom for Cuba in the 1900s. Haiti, along with the Dominican Republic (DR), provided military aid to Marti to help liberate Cuba during the Cuban War of Independence.


The monument, standing in the newly-built Jose Marti Square, upholds a bust of Marti, created by a Haitian architect in cooperation with the National School of Arts. In attendance at the opening were the envoy of Cuban President, Raul Castro, Rafael Bernard Alemani; Minister of Culture, Josette Darguste; and other government officials.

After a moment of silence, Martelly spoke of the alliance between Cuba and Haiti, and what significance it holds for both countries in the present. He said Marti began ". . . the genesis of cooperation between Haiti and Cuba . . . that still develops for the benefit of Haiti and Cuban citizens." Alemani said the Cuban people are grateful to Haiti for the ". . . aid granted to the precursor of Cuban independence."

In 1895, Marti inhabited a house in Cap Haitien, which has revered his memory with a marble plaque, marking the historical time he spent there. Cap Haitien has also honored the contributions of Marti by naming a street after him. Jose Marti Street represents the shared part Haiti played in the liberation of the Cuban people as a fraternal country, which had won its own liberation in 1804.

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