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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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Athens of Cuba

Athens of Cuba

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(p.102) 8 Athens of Cuba
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Matanzas
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MIGUEL A. Bretos

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813038100.003.0008

At the heyday of the nineteenth-century sugar boom, Matanzas's civic boosters launched a campaign to have the city recognized as “the Athens of Cuba.” The idea may well have been inspired by Boston (known as the “American Athens”), a city with which Matanzas had close commercial ties. There was, in fact, some substance to the boast. From early on, Matanzas developed important cultural institutions such as the Liceo Artistico y Literario (1859). Education was prioritized. In fact, La Empresa School, an initiative of prominent local educators, was authoritatively considered the best in Spain and her colonies. Matanzas, moreover, fostered distinguished literary talent such as that of Jose Jacinto Milanes, a romantic poet and playwright.

Keywords:   Liceo, Boston, education, La Empresa, Milanes

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