In 1898 after the explosion of the battleship Maine in the Port of Havana, the American troops declare the war to Spain.
Initiated the fighting a military mazarronero, Jose Toral and Velázquez, is named first commander and later general of division and military coordinator of the province and square of Santiago de Cuba.
The story of this outstanding local character has been studied by the chronicler of Puerto Lumbreras and member of the Royal Academy Alfonso X El Sabio, Juan Romera, who on Saturday, December 17 at 8:00 pm will present in the Consistorial Houses the book titled "José Toral y Velázquez, Biographical Approach".
The Department of Culture of the City of Mazarrón promotes this publication in order to expand the knowledge of a local historical person whose name was known internationally for the role he played in the final capitulation of Spanish troops in Cuba.
With his decision Toral saved thousands of lives, although he had to endure strong criticism from a part of Spanish society, being tried by a military court and finally acquitted although personally marked throughout his life by the pressures of public opinion .
Source: Ayuntamiento de Mazarrón