Introduction of Santa clara
Capital city of Las Villas province, 165 mi ESE of Havana. On a site occupied by the ancient Cubanacan Indians, it was believed to have been the residence of Kublai Khan by Columbus, who thought that he had reached Cathay by sailing west around the world.
Founded in 1689, it expand ed from cattle trading to sugar-cane growing and tobacco processing in the 19th century. Well known for its beautiful buildings, Santa Clara was captured by guerrilla forces in 1958 during Castro’s revolution against Batista.