Camagüey • small town in Cuba

Discover Camagüey, a jewel of Cuban heritage, in just over 5 minutes. Wander through its colonial alleys, admire Martha Jimenez's artworks, and dive into the fascinating history of this resilient city, rebuilt away from pirates. An authentic exploration of one of Cuba’s cultural hearts.
00:00 • intro | 00:42 • Works by Martha Jimenez | 01:53 • the city

made with photos and videos taken during the trip Cuba (EN)

History of Camaguey 

As was not uncommon in Cuba during the time of colonization and piracy which was often its companion, coastal cities in Cuba were emptied of their inhabitants in favor of new locations inland and on the coast. shelter of filibusters. 

Camaguey has been rebuilt several times due to repeated attacks by pirates and corsairs. The city was originally located on the northern coast of Cuba, but due to pirate raids and the need to protect the city, it was moved inland several times. In 1668, the city was completely destroyed by the French pirate François l'Olonnais, and the inhabitants had to rebuild it again. Later, in 1687, the town was attacked and burned down by Henry Morgan, a famous English pirate. Eventually, the town was rebuilt on its present location, at the location of a Taino village named Camaguebax, which gave the town its name. Today, the city still has many colonial houses and churches that testify to its rich historical past. 


Initially the city was called Santa Maria del Puerto de Principe. The city of Santa Maria del Puerto del Principe was renamed Camagüey in 1903. There is no consensus on exactly why the city was renamed Camagüey. Some historians believe the name is derived from the Taino village (Camaguebax) which stood at the location of the present town, while others believe it may have been due to a corruption of the Spanish name "Camaguebo". There are also theories that the name may have been inspired by a region of Mexico called Campeche or by a bird called "camagüey" which was abundant in the region. But the most shared hypothesis is that of the name of the Taino village. 

The city lived mainly from the cattle trade and had a few sugar plantations. 


Camaguey today 


Today, Camagüey is an important city in central Cuba, with approximately 320,000 inhabitants. It has retained its rich historical and architectural heritage, with its narrow colonial streets, picturesque squares and Catholic churches. Camagüey is also known for its many bronze sculptures, which adorn the streets and squares of the city. The city is less touristy than other Cuban destinations, which makes it possible to take a leisurely stroll through its streets and discover its unique charm. It is also possible to visit the studio of the artist Martha Jimenez, which is installed in the Plaza del Carmen and where she exhibits her works. And that is the assurance of a pleasant moment.


about the place, Camagüey:

Camaguey is an important city in the center of Cuba, which has approximately 320,000 inhabitants. It was founded in 1514 by the Spaniards under the name of Santa Maria del Puerto del Principe, on the site of a Taino village called Camaguebax. Over the centuries, the city developed thanks to the cattle trade and some sugar plantations.


Spoken comments in the film: 

Camagüey is an important city in central Cuba with a population of around 320,000. Camagüey is the name of an Indian village Taino (tribe which inhabited Cuba before the arrival of the conquistadors) which was at the place where the Spaniards built this city, which bore the name of Santa Maria del Puerto del Principe.

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house facade, Camagüey • Cuba

Camagüey, Cuba