"Poyo led nationalist efforts in the exile community in Florida for over thirty years and was a fierce advocate for the cause both before and after, as well as alongside, Jose Marti. Poyo's significant but largely unheralded role in the independence movement fully comes to light in this thoroughly researched book."--Anne Fountain, author of "Jose Marti and U.S. Writers""A must-read for those interested in the Cuban emigre colony of Key West during the nineteenth century and its involvement in the War of 1895 in Cuba."--Consuelo E. Stebbins, author of "City of Intrigue, Nest of Revolution"Jose Dolores Poyo (1836-1911) was an activist, publisher, social critic, fundraiser, and foundational figure in the campaign for Cuban independence from Spain. His leadership and his mantra--"adelante la revolucion" (forward the revolution)--mobilized an insurrectionist movement in Key West. His multidimensional grassroots work and his newspaper "El Yara," the longest-lived Cuban exile newspaper of the nineteenth century, gave hope to a people who aspired to be liberated from the bonds of colonialism. In "Exile and Revolution," Gerald Poyo provides a comprehensive account of how his great-great-grandfather spurred the working-class community of Key West to transform from supporting cast to critical actors in the struggle for Cuban independence. The book reveals the depth of Cuba's longtime ties to Florida, the cigar industry, and its workers; the experience of Cubans in the American South; and the diplomatic intrigues involving Spain, Cuba, and the United States.