José Martí, a leading advocate for Cuban independence from Spain, visited St. Augustine in 1892. Martí came to collect support, supplies, and weapons for the Cuban Revolution. He met with St. Augustine's Cuban population, many of them cigar workers.
At a breakfast held in a cottage on King's Highway, Martí—poet, patriot, revolutionary philosopher, professor—was declared the first "Provisional President of the Republic of Cuba."
Martí also visited his "Cuban Saint" Félix Varela who was buried in Tolomato Cemetery in 1853.
"Liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy." -José Martí