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



Matanzas Map

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