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Las Tunas

21 May, 2009

Las Tunas – The Sugar Cane Province of Cuba

Las Tunas

Las Tunas the capital city of a small province in Cuba called also Las Tunas, which is the 9th largest and the 10th most populated Cuban province. Until the mid 90s the only sources of income for the locals were agriculture and cattle-raising. Today, though, tourism is becoming an additional field of support for the local economy, especially after the indications that the American embargo will get a little looser. The province was established in 1976 after being separate from the Oriente Province.

The city of Las Tunas features remarkable sites and monuments of the revolution and independence war; they are a tribute to the national culture for which Cubans are very proud. Among the numerous sites, is the Fuerte de la Loma National, which is a fort that was built by the Spanish when they wanted to defend themselves against the independent Cuban army. El Cucalambe is also a monument you cannot miss if you travel to the city; it is a monument erected in memoriam of the famous in Cuba poet Juan Jose Napoles Fajardo.

Las Tunas has still a very rich history in the industrial field of sugar cane due to the Spaniards who imposed it a few centuries ago. The lack of natural resources though, in combination with the long lasting embargo, has made the locals to turn to other fields of economy. Milk production is one of them. The project is supported and financed by the UN Food Program. The south coast of the province opens to the Guacanayabo Gulf which is the main area of the sugar cane fields; according to the experts the humid climate helps the crops significantly.

The locals, as all Cubans, are known to be very friendly and hospitable people, treating visitors who travel in like friends. The abundance of good feelings and cheer is what makes this place unique and worth visiting.

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