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The beautiful Matanzas City is the capital of the Province of Matanzas and the second industrial place after Havana, the capital of the entire Caribbean island. It covers 317 square kilometres below the Bay of Matanzas, or Bahia de Matanzas; a bay that Indians called Guanima.

The name as said to be refers to the word matanza, which means massacre and retrieves the memorial of the locals' uprising against the Spaniards, through which they slaughtered their invaders. See the useful resources section of this page near the form.

The City of Matanzas is on Via Blanca at the southwest of Varadero and west of Cardenas. These two cities are two capitals of two provinces by the same names.

The capital of the beautiful Matanzas Province is about 99 kilometres at the east of Havana and is about 43 kilometres from Varadero, the capital city of Varadero Province. Read about Varadero at beautiful cities in Matanzas Province.

The beautiful Matanzas City is green doted by old buildings and crossed by old but clean streets. Many of the streets have their colonial names changed to include numbers.

The name of Daoiz Street is changed to Calle 75, Maceo to Calle 77, Contreras to Calle 79, Milanes to Calle 83, Medio to Independencia and then to Calle 85, Santa Teresa to Calle 290, Zaragoza to Calle 292 and San Luis to Calle 298.

There are some beautiful striking bridges, old public quarter, old buses at the south of Rio San Juan and railway lines from the other parts of the island that terminate in Versalles quarter at the north of the city.

The Carretera Central from Pinar del Rio crosses the city to Santiago de Cuba. The Banco Financiera Internacional has two building on Calle 85 and Calle 298. Bandec is at Calle 85 and Cadeca is at Calle 286. The Post Office is on Calle 85.

In the past, people called the beautiful City of Matanzas as Athens of Cuba because of its vivid role in the development of music, theatre and poetry and for being the rival to Havana in the arts and the cultural life.

Apparently, all of this cultural prosperity had happened because of the economical growth of the beautiful Matanzas City in the 19th century, almost after 124 years from the foundation of the city.

The construction of the city began in 1693, when 30 families from the Canary Islands arrived to this place according to orders from King Carlos III of Spain to build the city, which they called starting by the name of the king as Carlos y Severino de Matanzas.

The 30 families succeeded and arrived safely to the place in spite of the flourishing piracy in the Caribbean area that time.

One of the piracies had happened when the Dutch pirate Piet Heyn captured 12 million gold florins smuggled by Spaniards on their fleet from the area in 1628. They built the first fort in the city up in 1734 and the Plaza de Armas, which has renamed as the Plaza de la Vigia.

Plenty of sugar mills and coffee plantations after the year 1817 laid the ground for new infrastructures including the railway network inside the beautiful Matanzas City and throughout the province easing the exportation channels and growing the central bank reserves in 1843.

The flourishing economy supported the prosperity of the cultural life, whereby the city built its infrastructure and many private and public buildings and established its theatres, museums, art galleries, public library, local newspaper, high schools, institutions and universities and musical societies.

This in turns developed a sphere of oriented people to be writers, artists, poets and intellectuals.

Among the pioneers in these fields were the poets Jose Marti, Carilda Oliver Labra, Cintio Vitier, Jose Jacinto Milanes, Bonifacio Byrne and Agustin Acosta. Jose Marti was born in 1853 and died in 1895. He was a revolutionary Cuban poet and had great role in getting Cuba independence from Spain.

Labara was born in 1924 and studied law in the university of Havana. Vitier was born in 1921 and died in 2009. During his life, he wrote in addition to poems essays and novels. Milanes was born in 1814 and died in 1863. Byrne was born in 1861 and died in1936. Acosta was born in 1886 and died in 1979.

The beautiful Matanzas City had the first traditional Cuban ballroom dance. The dance called the danzon performed in 1879. In addition, local people invented the rumba dance at that time and the rumba became a popular dance in the beautiful Matanzas City.

Not only in these fields, but in the human fields too, the beautiful City of Matanzas developed from its long history of slavery occupation many associations against slavery called Santeria cabildos.

The bridge of Puente Calixto Garcia crosses over Rio San Juan to the Plaza de la Vigia. There are many attractions in this direction in the city. In a neoclassical building from the 19th century is Parque de los Bomberos, the fire brigade of the beautiful Matanzas City.

The institution of Ediciones Vigia is a head across the plaza and it works since 1985 in handmade papers and edition of book copies on different topics. The artists in the beautiful Matanzas City found it to enrich the cultural life of the city.

Near it is the fine art gallery, Provincial Art Gallery or Galeria de Arte Provincial and at a distance across the plaza is the theatre or Teatro Sauto in a neoclassical building. When it launched in the year 1863, Matanzas people called it Teatro Esteban.

There are some Greek goddesses made of marble, 3 balconies and 775 seats in the Teatro Sauto. Near it is another tourists attraction. Palacio de Justicia stands at the opposite direction of Teatro Sauto since 1826 and the building renovated during 1908.1911.

The Independence Park or el Parque de la Libertad de Matanzas is on the low heights at the west and at the centre of it is the bronze statue of Jose Marti from the year 1909. The park offers good views of the Bay of Matanzas.

The pharmacy with its pharmacy museum, Museo Farmaceutico is in the same park. They called it Botica La Francesa when the Triolett family founded it in 1882. Since 1964, it has become a museum with bottles, porcelain jars, instruments and medical recipes.

Palacio de Gobierno was there since 1853 and Casino Espanol was the first place where the Cuban ballroom dance, the danzonete and the Rompiendo la Rutina music performed by Anceto Diaz.

There are many ballroom dances in Cuba. This place houses the Biblioteca Gener y Del Monte, with its wide windows open to the beautiful side of the beautiful Matanzas City.

Galeria El Retablo has plenty of art works including marionettes, costumes and art works by puppet artists. Fests and theatrical performances take place here regularly. Not far from it is the Archivo Historico, housed in a residence of the poet Jose Jacinto Milanes.

It is the provincial archive of the beautiful Matanzas City. It has fine system of achievement to tons of historical scripts, documents from many eras including the early history of the city and works as the Museo Historico Municipal, providing good resources for researchers and scholars.

The Museo Historico Municipal is in the Palacio Del Junco. The place in which the museum is housed was built in 1840. It displays historical items in the beautiful Matanzas City and houses some concerts on Saturdays.

At the north of Rio Yumuri is the Versalles Quarter. French refugees from Haiti landed in this area and colonized it during the 19th century. It was the quarter where the first performance of the rumba music took place in the last decade of the 19th century.

At the south of the beautiful Matanzas City is the Palmar del Junco, The historic stadium, where the first baseball games played by the colonial teams in 1874 and the locals played the first baseball games after the independence. The Iglesia de san Pedro Apostol was built in 1820 and is now across Puente de la Concordia at the other side of the beautiful City of Matanzas.

Near it few blocks at the east is a school occupying the building that once the Cuartel Goicuria, which composed the barracks built by the army of the dictator Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973). The Cuban revolutionists attacked the barracks in 1956 and shared activities with their comrades in the entire Cuba to oust the dictator in 1959.

The ruins of Iglesia de Monserrate at the high side of the beautiful Matanzas City, which was built in the year 1875 offers good views of the city. Castillo de San Severino is at a distance from this place. There were walls and dungeons where salves and revolutionists alike were impreoned and executed during 1896-1897.

There are many other beautiful historical locations and tourists attractions, all of which you can view and read on the beautiful Matanzas City and relevant pages. Remember to visit the useful resources sections and relevant links at the right column.

Few hotels are near the centre of the beautiful City of Matanzas. Hotel Louvre is near Museo Farmaceutico and Yara Hotel is near Archivo Historica above Calle 83. For best hotels and correct locations, check the following.

Useful Resources:

The 2009 Economic and Product Market Databook for Matanzas, Cuba

In performing various economic analyses for its clients, I have occasionally been asked to investigate the market potential for various products and services in Cuba. The purpose of this study is to understand the density of demand within Cuba and the extent to which Matanzas might be used as a point of distribution within North America & the Caribbean.

From an economic perspective, however, Matanzas does not represent a population within rigid geographical boundaries, rather, it represents an area of dominant influence over markets in adjacent areas. This influence varies from one industry to another, but also from one period of time to another.

From Rainforest to Cane Field in Cuba: An Environmental History since 1492 (Envisioning Cuba)

In this award-winning environmental history of Cuba since the age of Columbus, Reinaldo Funes Monzote emphasizes the two processes that have had the most dramatic impact on the island's landscape: deforestation and sugar cultivation.

During the first 300 years of Spanish settlement, sugar plantations arose primarily in areas where forests had been cleared by the royal navy, which maintained an interest in management and conservation for the shipbuilding industry.

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