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José Martí
José Julián Martí Pérez (28 January, 1853–19 May 1895) was a leader of the Cuban independence movement from Spain and as well a renowned poet and writer. He is considered the Cuban people's National hero. He is often referred to as the Apostle of Cuban Independence. In many literary circles he is considered the Father of Modernismo predating and influencing Rubén Darío and influencing other poets such as Gabriela Mistral. Statue of José Martí on horseback in New York's Central Park - Anna Hyatt Huntington, 1959José Martí was born on January 28, 1853, in Havana, to a Spanish father Mariano Martí Navarro and Leonor Pérez Cabrera, a native of the Canary islands. Marti was the oldest brother to seven sisters. When he was four years old, his family moved from Cuba to Valencia, Spain, but two years later they returned to the island where they enrolled José at a local public school. In this school, he met Rafael María de Mendive, a very influential person in Marti's political thoughts. Aside from being a great writer, poet, translator, diplomat and journalist, José Martí was also a painter. In 1867, he enrolled at the Professional School for Painting and Sculpting of Havana to take drawing classes. He hoped to succeed in this work, but was unable.

i wish to leave the world
I wish to leave the world
By its natural door;
In my tomb of green leaves
They are to... [read poem]
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