|Posted: 16 July 2006 at 7:11am | IP Logged
This is interesting. Apparently Castro was kooped up there from early 1953. I have the Georgia Cracker in Flin Flon, Manitoba about that time, arriving in late 1952. He spent less than 18 months in Cuba. I estimate that Castro was imprisoned along with other members of the Crook Factory who were jailed at that time. Hemingway was left alone at the Finca, because there was no way the Batista gang could touch him. My man being allied with the CF was run out of the country. Non Canadian/US people went to jail.
Was there an affiliation between the CF and Castro's people? Is this why CF people are so revered? Members of our family have been very well treated in Cuba. I believe they too are heroic for having been such loyal tourists and perhaps investors in tourism. I don't know any of this for certain. And they don't either. They would not be told the reason why they were so welcome. Are these folks part of the reason for Canada's good rapport with Cuba? It is pure speculation. I know that the Georgia Cracker came to Manitoba in late 1952 and died there in May 1954. I have a death certificate and it has been validated by people who could identify him at the time.
I never realized that Fidel was imprisoned at Isle of Pines in 1953. The place names like Sierra de Canada, Santa Barbara and Jacksonville have been traced to three prospectors - two American and one Canadian. They reputedly found Esmerelda Mine in 1952 or an orebody extension. Can I get some help checking these events? When did these place names arise? The prospectors lost their assets to Batista's mafia.
This stuff is probably a good basis for fiction. It has to be a great story - a heroic one. I may have the writing skills to do a novel with fictitous characters. However, I am going to continue looking for more historical facts.
Hijo, I wish I could put your head in mine for a day. You see what each new fact triggers. What amazes me is that no one seems to be able to kill this theory. Scientific proof is accomplished by hypothesis rejection. You have to advance a theory and then try to shoot it down. Let's try to find a flaw in this thing and see what turns up. This hypothesis process has upset my family in the past and for that I truly apologize. It is like Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. It will be all fiction at the end of the day as far as the characters are concerned. However, the story may alter our interpretation of history. The Georgia Cracker really existed we know that. He belongs to history. Canadians deserve to know what he did. Moreover, the story can now be told. The persons that knew the Georgia Cracker and his true identity are all dead. The only one, still alive, has Alzheimer's disease.
Do you know that one of the people that was welcomed to Cuba held a US Presidential Citation? He was a Canadian whose Regiment fought a rear guard action in Korea at a place called Kap Yong. Many US lives were saved. This man was my brother in law and I am proud to have known him. I even held his Presidential citation in my hand. At his death his widow received tributes from the US Government, the South Korean Government and his Regiment the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. That regiment has been serving in Afghanistan since the start of that war. The man's name was George Tessier.
I plan to have my novel ready for publication when normal relations resume between the US and Cuba and Guantanamo Bay is demolished. That will be in February 2008.