Cuba's Colonial Treasure

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Journal
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National Geographic  [ Browse Items ]
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Publication Year
1999 
Publisher
National Geographic Society, United States 
Volume
4  
Issue Type
Monthly 
Issue Period
October 1999 
Pages
88-107 
Subject
Geography and History 
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Tucked between the Sierra del Escambray and the Caribbean Sea, the site of Trinidad was originally home to the native Taino, who panned for gold in nearby rivers. Conquistadores founded the Villa de la Santisima Trinidad, Spain's third settlement in Cuba, in 1514. Amid streets laid around a spacious plaza, Hernan Cortes organizes men and supplies for his conquest of Mexico. With the wealth of the Aztec eclipsing anything found here, Trinidad became an outpost of smugglers and pirates. The Taino were virtually exterminated by 1550. 
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