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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

(p.11) 2 The Bay of Slaughters

MIGUEL A. Bretos

University Press of Florida

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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