Spanish Ambassador to Cuba, Juan José Buitrago (right) presents René González Barrios (left) with the donation. Photo: Padrón, Abel

Havana.– A collection of 204 books related to Spain’s military and generals was donated to the Cuban Institute of History (IHC) October 17, during a ceremony at the organization’s headquarters in the Palacio de Aldama.
Among the oldest materials included in the donation by Spain’s Military History and Culture Institute (IHCM), is a facsimile published in 1858 entitled Major Generals, years 1851 to 1856, while more recent works included Los Marinos en la Orden de San Fernando, from 2011.
Juan José Buitrago, Spanish ambassador to Cuba, noted that the donation is part of a series of activities and exchanges between the two institutions after Letters of Intention aimed at strengthening collaborative projects were signed in September 2016.
The diplomat noted that donations will continue and highlighted the country’s willingness to strengthen ties in the field of historical research given its importance to understanding both peoples and countries.
René González Barrios, director of the IHC, thanked the IHCM for the donation, to which Cuba has also sent hundreds of rare and valuable historical books about its wars of independence, which he described as “an important contribution to enable Spain to have access to Cuban sources.”
The institute had already donated over half of the service sheets of the Spanish generals against whom Cubans fought during the over 30 year independence struggle, as well as early 20th century films shot in Spain about the island’s liberation wars.
González Barrios went on to note that both institutions are currently conducting research and joint projects including studies into Havana’s system of forts, the creation of a biographical military dictionary of Spanish generals in Cuba, and a catalogue of the battles fought during the Cuba’s wars of independence.