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From the late 18th to the late 19th century, the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) was a center of sugar production in our mystery country. At the peak of the industry, over fifty cane sugar mills were in operation, with over 30,000 slaves working in the mills and the sugar cane plantations that surrounded them.

 

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This is Baracoa Bay, with the flat top El Yunque mountain in the background.
Christopher Columbus landed at Baracoa in 1492 and in 1511 the settlement there became the first Spanish capital of our mystery country. Baracoa is on the eastern tip of the country’s north coast. Surrounded by mountains, it’s very remote and was accessible only by sea until a road was built through the mountains in the 1960s.
The nearby Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

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Plaza San Francisco de Assis (St. Francis of Assisi Square) is one of  several colonial era city squares in the old city heart of our mystery capital. The square is cooled by sea breezes sweeping in from the harbor, just behind the pictured port terminal. This port is just one of three in the city’s large natural harbor, which opens onto the Gulf of Mexico. The square was named by the Franciscan community, whose 16th-century church and monastery still stands on the south side of the square.

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