Granma province is renowned for its battles and its natural gifts. High in the breathtaking Sierra Maestra mountains, Fidel Castro conquered Batista’s dictatorship. Down in the valley, the longest river in Cuba irrigates the fertile lands. And the towns echo with memories of slaves, conquistadors and peasants.
Named after the boat that Fidel Castro used in his revolution, Granma Province is in Cuba’s wild southwest –a great valley crossed by the Cauto River and framed by the magnificent Sierra Maestra mountains on the edge of the island’s rugged Caribbean shore. These mountains provided shelter for Castro’s revolutionaries.
But the battles began long before—in 1868 when Carlos Manuel de Céspedes of Bayamo proclaimed Cuba's independence against the Spaniards. The area’s history is intertwined with stories of slavery and struggles for independence.
Emerged maritime terraces
At Demajagua, an old sugar mill near the village of Manzanillo, patriot Carlos Manuel de Céspedes freed his slaves and rang the liberty bell to proclaim Cuba’s independence in 1868.
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The combined surface area of these Caribbean land masses is some 110,992 square kilometers and 140 kilometers of...