Seaside City of Massacres

Matanzas means “massacre”. A name that hints at the location’s bloody history when Spaniards wiped out a local population of natives (all of Cuba’s natives were killed by the Spanish) who fought viciously, but who were ultimately overpowered by European gunpowder and steel. It’s a beautiful little city that’s grown around an ocean inlet on the north shore of Cuba, not far from Varadero. I met some wonderful people there. It’s not a typical tropical vacationer’s destination, but all of you photographers will love it.

Matanzes, Cuba

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Matanzas Map

Mark Iocchelli is an Edmonton, Alberta, Canada fine art photographer specializing in images of the Canadian prairies, urbex (urban exploration), rural decay, homesteads, abandoned farm houses, barns, automobiles and machinery. Signed, limited edition prints of the images you see here are available upon request.

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