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Being in Trinidad

600_5201-s_wYes, I’m still in Cuba, even there is an island and an independent country with this name.

Trinidad is a quite old city, founded 1514 by the spanish colonists. It’s located at the west coasts in the middle part of Cuba. Trinidad lost its importance, when Cienfuegos grew, because Cienfuegos was founded at the ocean and got a harbour, while Trinidad is in the hills and approximately 10 km away from the ocean. Despite this distance, Trinidad was raided by pirates three times. (Do you remember the hollywood movies “Pirates of the Caribbean”?)

Trinidad was the 3rd city con Cuba and the spanish conquistadores started their conquest of Mexico here. Although the hope of finding gold in the hills didn’t become true, the city became very rich from growing sugar cane and the slave trade.

An interesting prove of the wealth of Trinidad is the pavement. All the stones used for covering the streets in the old town were imported from west africa and not taken from local stone pits!

Take care!

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