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- 1624-1918 (Creation)
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José Fernández de Villalta y Alvarez de Sotomayor was born in Spain. He participated in the War of Independence of Cuba on the Spanish side as an engineer. Villalta served with General Arola during "la trocha" from Júcaro to Moron, where Villalta demonstrated his talents as a military engineer. Upon returning to Spain, he was accepted to the Instituto Geográfico y Estadístico and continued his service until retirement from the Spanish army.
Villalta later emigrated to Cuba, where he became a renown Spanish engineer in charge of one of the largest house constructions. He died in Cuba in 1918.
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