Armada Latina

Spanish for "Latin Army" the origin of the now infamous street gang dates to the 1920's when immigrant worker's rights figurehead Lupita DeLeon said, "Si continúas dando un paso hacia nosotros para levantarte más alto, entonces anticipa un armada latino para pelear contigo," (roughly translated: If you step on us to lift yourself, anticipate a latin army).  While documents of protesting for equality have known to be non-violent over the years DeLeon, who was Cuban and worked in a cigar factory, was of a more militant and rebellious nature as a leader and held her protests to be overly disruptive.  Considering these protests were in Palmetto Cove, and that the cigar industry was run by the mob, a more peaceful protest standpoint could have resulted in DeLeon being assassinated.

The streets of what was known as "Little Havana" ran red with war as the mob fought with the worker's, however by 1926 the mob decided that giving into the worker demands was better for business than to prolong this street war.  With the workers satisfied DeLeon went back to work, but continued to be a figurehead of progress and change for Little Havana.  However the "us against them" sentiment between those who lived in Little Havana and the wealthy continued to be an ongoing problem for many residents in the neighborhood, forcing a number of able young men to band together and protect "their neighborhoods", they looked towards DeLeon as a sort of "figure of guidance."

Even though DeLeon has been dead for years now the Armada continues to be a mainstay of Little Havana proving to be a nuisance to anyone who tries to mess with the neighborhood, which has bred nothing but contention.  Presently businessman Armando Vargas is trying his best to sort of "control" the Armada in an attempt to keep his stranglehold on Palmetto Cove by adding Little Havana into his ledger of owned neighborhoods, however the present leader Carlito Gomez sees Vargas as a "sell-out" and feels that the drug kingpin has no interest in helping the mostly Latin population progress.  The Armada is also beginning to fight with the Children of Samhedi as Little Havana continues to grow and expand into the neighborhood known as "Little Haiti."

Armada Latina

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