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Encyclopedia > Puerto Principe
The mud jars
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The mud jars
The statue of Ignacio Agramonte on the Plaza de Revolucion
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The statue of Ignacio Agramonte on the Plaza de Revolucion
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad
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Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad
Rooftops of Camagüey and Maceo street
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Rooftops of Camagüey and Maceo street
Iglesia San Francisco and Estadio Cándido González in the background
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Iglesia San Francisco and Estadio Cándido González in the background

Camagüey (founded as Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe around 1515) is a city in western Cuba and is the nation's third largest city. It is the capital of the Camagüey Province. The city has a population of about 294,000. [1] Camagüey is located at 21°22'51" North, 77°55'1" West (21.380833, -77.916944). [2] Events June - Invasion of Persia by Sultan Selim I of the Ottoman Empire. ... Camagüey is the largest of the provinces of Cuba. ...

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Symbols

The symbol of the city of Camagüey is the mud jar or tinajón, used to capture rain water to be used later, keeping it fresh. Mud jars are literally everywhere, either as monuments or for real use.


Another symbol used is the outline of Ignacio Agramonte's horseback statue.


Important people

Camagüey is the birth place of Ignacio Agramonte (1841), an important figure of the Cuban Independence war against Spain in 1868-1878. Agramonte drafted the first Cuban Constitution in 1869, and later as Major General formed the fearsome cavalry corps that had the Spaniards on the run. Died in combat in 1873. The city is also the birthplace of the Cuban national poet Nicolás Guillén. The Ten Years War (1868-1878) The Ten-Years War, also known as The Big War was the first of three wars that Cuba fought against Spain for its freedom, the other two being The Small War (1879-1880) and the Cuban War of Independence (1895-1898). ... Nicolás Guillén (10 July 1902 – 16 July 1989) was a Cuban poet. ...


The city layout

The old city layout resembles a real maze, with narrow short street always turning in a direction or another. After Henry Morgan burned the city in the 17th century, it was designed like a maze so attackers found it hard to move inside the city. Sir Henry Morgan (c. ...


Airports

Camagüey has its own international airport, Ignacio Agramonte International airport. Most tourists going or leaving Santa Lucía do so through Ignacio Agramonte airport.


External links

  • Welcome to Camaguey city, CUBA
  • STG:Camaguey

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Puerto Principe - LoveToKnow 1911 (475 words)
PUERTO PRINCIPE (officially, Camaguey), a city and the capital of the province of Camaguey in east-central Cuba, about 528 m.
Puerto Principe lies on a broad plain about equally distant from the north and south coasts of the island, and between two small rivers, the Tinima and Hatibonica.
After the capital, Puerto Principe was the richest prize of the island when it was captured and plundered in 1668 by a force of Frenchmen and Englishmen under Henry Morgan, the buccaneer.
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