Through the indefatigable efforts of Jose A. Huau and Alphonso Fritot, Jacksonville was an active center of filibustering to Cuba in the years 1895-98. Huau was important for his local influence, and his store on the corner of Bay and Main streets served as the clearing house for negotiations of the filibusterers. It seems now that it would have been all but impossible for the revolutionaries to be successful had they not had the aid of Fritot, for he was the joint agent of all the railroads running into Jacksonville. 1 He had the power of being able to secure a special train or a private railroad car almost at will - an invaluable resource.
Rickenbach, Richard V.
"Filibustering with the “Dauntless”,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 28:
4, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol28/iss4/3