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Order of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, knight
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Order of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, knight
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Circular medal encircled by a green and red enamel laurel and oak wreath, on laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with a circular central medallion bearing the imposed gilt full-face portrait of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes within a blue enamel ring inscribed ‘CARLOS MANUEL DE CESPEDES 1868’ encircled by a silver laurel wreath projecting silver oak leaves onto a blue enamel ring; the reverse with a circular central white enamel medallion bearing the imposed silver and polychrome enamel arms of Cuba within a green and red enamel laurel wreath, encircled by a silver laurel wreath projecting silver oak leaves onto a blue enamel ring; on original ribbon with gilt laurel-decorated suspension bar. The Order was instituted on 18 April 1926 and awarded to recognise especial merit and service to the Republic of Cuba. It was named for Carlos Manuel de Céspedes (1819-1874), a leading figure in the Cuban War of Independence who made the ‘Grito de Yara’ (Cry of Yara) on 10 October 1868 declaring Cuban independence and was President of the fledgling republic from 1869 to 1873. The Order is still awarded but always sparingly and is rare.

 
Order of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, knight
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