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MatanzasThe Cuba Nobody Knows$
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Miguel A. Bretos

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813038100

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813038100.001.0001

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The Bay of Slaughters

The Bay of Slaughters

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(p.11) 2 The Bay of Slaughters
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Matanzas
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MIGUEL A. Bretos

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813038100.003.0002

The origin of Matanzas's strange name (“Matanzas” literally means “slaughters”) can be traced back to around 1510, when most of the crew of a Spanish vessel that had wrecked at the bay were killed by the locals. In 1628, the site experienced a burst of fame when Piet Heyn, sailing on behalf of the Dutch West India Company, captured the Spanish flota or convoy from New Spain at the harbor, inflicting a disastrous defeat on Spain. The Spanish admiral, Juan de Benavides, was eventually executed for his failure that day.

Keywords:   flota, Benavides, Piet Heyn, West India Company

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