The village had the first settlement in the south coast at the region known as Batabano in 1514. It was a swampy area and people decided to move it to the bank of the river Almendares (former La Chorrera), and finally on 16th November 1519 was stablished officially in the place nowadays is.
Forty years later the village was declared capital of Cuba. Its port became the obligatory arrival place
for the european ships in order to supply and defend themselves against
pirates and corsairs attacks. From there with their cargo
full of gold and silver they sailed to Spain in convoys. The naval transit made possible a
succesfull trade, that in a little period of time was favourable for the village, developing its economy more than the others city of the country.
The cuban capital concentrates the maximal
functions of the state and the government. Its industries produce a powerful effect in the national economy. The Havana Port (Puerto de la Habana) is the most important in the country. Through this port more than the half of cuban importations and exportations came in and out. Havana City (Ciudad de la Habana) is the national capital.
The Municipalities (Municipios) in Havana City are :
Playa, Plaza de la Revolucion, Centro
Habana, Habana Vieja (Old Havana), Habana
del Este, Marianao, La
de Octubre, Cerro, Boyeros, Arroyo Naranjo, Regla, Guanabacoa, Cotorro and San Miguel del Padron.
See the Map of the Municipalities of Ciudad Habana Province
See Cuban Cities Map
YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS IN HAVANA CITY (THE MOST IMPORTANT PLACES)
"Eastern beaches (Playas
del Este)" (Santa Maria, Boca Ciega, Guanabo,.... beaches)
Bodeguita del Medio" and Floridita Bar-Restaurant
"Plaza de la Catedral" in historical centre
Catedral" de la Habana
El "Castillo del Morro" and "La Cabaña" fortress every day at 9:00 p.m.
"Jose Marti" monument in "Plaza de la Revolucion" square
The "Colon Cemetery"
The "Music House" (Casa
de la Musica) of Playa
The Cabaret of "Tropicana"
The Touristic Complex