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Matanzas: The Cuba Nobody Knows

Miguel A. Bretos


This book is a history of Matanzas, a Cuban city that has played a key role in the island's economic, social, and cultural development. Located on Cuba's northern shore, halfway between Havana and Varadero, it is the closest Cuban city to the United States. During the slave-driven, sugar-dominated era that opened around 1800, Matanzas grew from a fortified colonial backwater to a thriving multi-ethnic boomtown. It was Cuba's third-largest city by 1850. At the heyday of its prosperity, Matanzas enjoyed a remarkable cultural florescence evident in urban design, literature, music, and art, and be ... More

Keywords: Matanzas, slaves, sugar, Athens of Cuba, Afro-Cuban culture, Cuban literature, Cuban music, Cuban art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813038100
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813038100.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miguel A. Bretos, author