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Portrait of Captain General of Cuba, Ramón Blanco y Erenas seated in uniform
Ramón Blanco y Erenas was a Spanish Brigadeer and Colonel administer. In 1879, he was appointed Captain General of Cuba. When the Grants visited Cuba in February 1880, General Blanco was absent. The acting Captain General filled in for General Blanco as host. He welcomed the Grants and accompanied them to the Government Palace. General Grant wrote in a letter the reception from the Cuban government had been “warm as the climate”. He and his party were treated as the “masters of the establishment”. He compared it to the honorable Japanese reception he had enjoyed during his world tour. General Blanco left various aides and officers to accompany the Grants as they observed Cuba. He had met the Grants during their visit to Barcelona, Spain.
Ulysses Grant Dietz
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