In October 10th, 1868 the Revolution outbursted, and ten
days later, October 20th, Bayamo
City is seized by rebel forces. Amidst rebel troops happiness
and bustle, mixed with the joyful crowd, side by side with
Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and
other patriots, and surrounded by the shouts demanding the
lyrics of that hymn, Figueredo took out pencil and paper from
his pocket and crossing a leg on his horse´s saddle,
he wrote the lyrics that, handwritten, copy by copy, was sung
for the first time by those met. From then on its notes presided
each and every act of the independent movement, and has become
an expression the patriotic character of the Cuban people.
(Source: Historia de Cuba, 1492-1898; formación
y liberación de la nación / Eduardo Torres Cuevas
y Oscar Loyola Vega. Ciudad de La Habana, Editorial Pueblo
y Educación, 2002. 404 p., ilust.).