Today we present to you…. without a doubt… Cuba’s most fascinating city – both historically and visually.
But I have a huge, huge favour to ask you.
You know when you click on a link and you get bored after 30 seconds? Well it’s going to take you longer than 30 seconds to look at all these photos. I think there are around 55 in here. I’m sorry! I tried my best to keep the most boring ones out but Trinidad was such a photogenic city that I feel personally attached to each photo.
Will you promise me that you’ll give this post your complete attention? (Insert angel face.)
Historically, Trinidad flourished in the 1800’s due to slave labour from African countries. We went to the slavery museum and I was appalled to learn about this aspect of Trinidad’s history. The Spanish were responsible for some insane atrocities and these practises went on for far too long.
Slavery in Cuba
Slavery in Cuba was associated with the sugar cane plantations and existed on the territory of the island of Cuba from the 16th century until it was abolished by royal decree on October 7, 1886. More than a million African slaves were brought to Cuba as part of the Atlantic slave trade; Cuba did not end its participation in the slave trade until 1867. As the slaves outnumbered the European Cubans, a large proportion of Cubans are descended from these African slaves, perhaps as many as 60% of the population.
Slavery in Cuba was particularly profitable for its slave owners after the Haitian Revolution; after 1804 the newly independent state of Haiti retreated from the global sugar market as its residents chose to focus on subsistence farming, and Cuba took its place as the largest sugar producer. By the mid-19th century, due to the British pressure to abolish slavery, plantation owners transported more than 100,000 Chinese workers. But they were held in conditions not very different from the ones of the African slaves.
These days, Trinidad is a colourful and lively city. Its houses are stunning and very memorable. I did find the locals to be very friendly but they were somehow a tiny bit more pushy here than in other Cuban cities. There were a lot more people here asking for money and gifts (i.e shampoo/soap etc.) than in other cities and we were ripped off in a bar once.
But that’s absolutely no reason to avoid it! In fact, it was my favourite Cuban city so….
Vamos! Have a look at the photos and let me know what you think 🙂