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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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Governor Manzaneda's Castle

Governor Manzaneda's Castle

(p.26) 3 Governor Manzaneda's Castle

MIGUEL A. Bretos

University Press of Florida

The capture of the 1628 flota underlined the need to fortify and populate Matanzas harbor as a guarantee against an attack on Havana by a force landing there. Furthermore, contraband flourished throughout the unguarded shoreline. After several false starts, the job of colonizing and fortifying the harbor fell on Captain-General Severino de Manzaneda, who settled the new town with 30 families from the Canaries in 1693. Manzaneda, a gifted executive, examined the proposed site personally and forced major revisions of the original plans for the settlement based on his observations, notably the location of the fort, which he named after his own patron saint.

Keywords:   fortifications, contraband, Manzaneda, Canaries, Havana

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