Central Cuba - West

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t Blue boats moored on a pontoon on the tranquil waters of Lago Hanabanilla

Experience Central Cuba - West

The history of this area is punctuated by strife. In 1509, the Spanish navigator Sebastián Ocampo caught sight of a bay on Cuba’s northern Atlantic coast, claimed the land from the Siboney Indians and assigned it to settlers from the Canary Islands. The indigenous people opposed this injustice so fiercely that the city of Matanzas, which was built in that bay in the 1600s, probably owes its name to the memory ...

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