General and friend: Why are you not taking part in the course of
the Antillean movement that Cuba has once again undertaken, a role
which legitimately pertains to you as one of the American
It will probably
depend upon you to form a headquarters that, in accordance with
the Cuban and Puerto Rican Revolutionary Committee in New York or Cayo Hueso, would gather, organize, and henceforth put into action
the forces and revolutionary supplies from Santo Domingo and
Puerto Rico, and from the Cuban exiles in Puerto Plata and the
neighboring islands and lands.
If I do not deceive
myself, the time has come for a general movement, and we must
either second it or produce it for these purposes: first,
liberating Santo Domingo.. and make Cuba and Puerto Rico
independent, second, fighting the annexationist influence, and
third, propagating the idea of the Antillean Confederation.
first step is the liberation of the Dominican Republic,
which-once freed of her current ignominy, and under the
political, economic, and administrative regime that her growth,
prosperity, and influence could have already assured had she
listened to those who knew what they thought, felt, and said-would
be the natural and fertile
center for gathering,
conceiving, acting on, and executing the plans that could be
carried out by Antilleans eager to assure the future of the
As I love Santo
Domingo as much as my own Borinquen, and I will probably choose
her-since she is the native land of most of my children-as my
final home and resting place,... to begin with the liberty of
Gregorio Luperón, General of the
Dominican Restoration. See Luperón, in the chapter
Quisqueya, Sit sociedad y algunos de sus hijos, from La
cuna de America, Hostos, Obms Completas, vol. X.
.. Hostos alludes to the need to end the tyranny of Heureaux,
the cause of General Luperón's exile in Saint Thomas.
... Eight years later Hostos' prophecy came true. (Editors'
Quisqueya is so
natural for me, that my thinking and wishing it is nothing more
than an act of paternal selfishness; but, at the root of things,
the liberty of Quisqueya is so essential to the independence of
Cuba and Puerto Rico, that if by chance Cuba's independence
happens without it, Puerto Rico's independence and the
Confederation will not.
Thus: if a center of
action could be organized upon these solid ideas and it could tell
these peoples by means of ad hoc delegates what the outcome
of the revolution of the Antilles must be, then they might give
us-not only for Cuba, but for you and for us, the Quisqueyans and
the Borinquenos -the material and moral aid which otherwise
they will not lend.
Think about this, my
dear friend, and count upon the efforts of your constant friend,
E. M. Hostos