In June 1892, Luis Lagomasino, an agent of a secret organization known only to its members as the Cuban Convention was summoned to Key West to provide an update on the preparations underway in Cuba for the revolution. Lagomasino, the Convention's agent in the eastern province of Las Villas, arrived in Key West on June 22, 1892, where he was affectionately received by Jose Dolores (J. D.) Poyo and General Serafin Sanchez, who introduced him to the wealthy industrialist, Eduardo H. Gato, and the veteran insurgent leader, Fernando Figueredo Soccards. On the night of June 24, 1892, Lagomasino met with the Convention's members at the home of Fernando Figueredo. Of the 25 members, only two were absent from Key West at that time: Jose Marti, Delegate of the newly formed Cuban Revolutionary Party and Teodoro Perez, a wealthy cigar manufacturer. After Lagomasino convinced the members present that there was sufficient support in the eastern provinces of Cuba to initiate the revolution two months later on August 25, 1892, members of the Convention declared war on Spain and promised Lagomasino that they would send sufficient arms and munitions to equip the soldiers of the Cuban liberating army.1
Stebbins, Consuelo E.
"The Cuban Convention and its Role in the Cuban Revolutionary Party,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 86:
2, Article 5.
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