The dense fog of Escambray did not block the way. When it crossed the Jatibonico del Sur River on the night of October 11, 1958, the Column commanded by Ernesto Guevara de la Serna reached the territory of the former province of Las Villas, in the central region of the Island.
This was followed by successive days of marches through the territory of Sancti Spiritus, mostly at night, during which the rebel troops traveled almost 90 kilometers, avoiding the army’s encirclement.
Reviews and chronicles say that a star shines on the steep slopes of Escambray, Che arrived at Bishop Hill on October 16, 1958. Commander in Chief Fidel Castro appointed him as leader. in 26 Movement. Las Villas.
In these areas, the front immediately went on the offensive, liberating Güinía de Miranda, rejecting the aggression launched by the tyranny and successively defeating the enemy forces in Fomento, Cabaiguán, Guayos, Sancti Spíritus, Placetas and Santa Clara.
Reviewing the written pages of the epic was very heavy, they came barefoot because they had no shoes, and some carried them in their hands because of swelling and wounds on their feet.
Then, the thick fog of Escambray did not block the way. Che is still traveling in the mountains. That is why every October 16 the arrival of Column Eight Ciro Redondo in the center of the Island and the creation of the Frente de Las Villas.
Their mission is to open a unitary force to win the war as soon as possible. The American Guerrilla made it clear: “We must organize the militias, the total defeat of the regime is near, the definitive victory is near, Cubans!”
So today, Che did not just guide those people who, tired of the road, made the Revolution. His safe walk is a light for all of us who, more than six decades ago, cemented the present and the future of our great homeland: Cuba.