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El Yunque, Baracoa Bay.


Baracoa (20° 20' N, 74° 30' W, 1996: 50.000 inhabitants) is a city in Guantánamo province in Cuba, near the eastern tip. It was founded by the first governor of Cuba the Spanish coquer Diego Velázquez in 1511, which makes it not only the oldest Spanish settlement in Cuba but also its first capital (and gives it the nickname 'Ciudad Primada'). It is located on the spot where Christopher Columbus landed on Cuban soil on his first voyage. It is assumed that the name stems from an indigenous word meaning 'close to the sea'. Edit this section or read more



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