Remedios, Marcelo Salado Sugar Museum • Cuba

Take a journey back in time and discover the fascinating history of Remedios, Cuba, through an immersive video that runs just over 5 minutes. Explore old locomotives and the railway museum while learning about the sugar plantation and sugar industry in Cuba. The video is accompanied by detailed text to further enhance your understanding of this unique location. Don't miss out on the opportunity to delve into the history of Cuba!

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Sugar in Cuba

Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, has become one of the region's largest sugar producers. The history of the sugar industry in Cuba is turbulent, like that of all industries based on slavery. The attraction of Europeans for sugar dates back to the Middle Ages, but the massive use of sugar extracted from sugar cane will be at the origin of one of the most tragic human adventures, with the establishment of the triangular trade, where slaves are shipped to Africa, sugar (and other commodities at the time such as cotton) are shipped to America, and money is flowing in the purses of unscrupulous European traders.

As sugar production was labor intensive and the price of sugar had to remain within the reach of buyers in Europe while not limiting the profits of white producers in the New World, the Spanish colonizer of Cuba appealed, as so many did. other colonies, to the shameful slave labor.

the transport and manufacture of sugar

In addition to the harassing work of the fields, the work of processing sugar also takes place in the factories. Large factories were built in order to be able to refine the precious liquid extracted from the cane and transform it into consumable sugar. Cuba had many sugar refineries, and that of Marcelo Salado (a remarkable name for a sugar industrialist, since Salado means "salty" in Spanish) has been recycled into an extremely interesting museum.

As the sugar factories were working at full capacity, the necessary quantities of cane as well as the refined sugar demanded efficient means of transport. The railroad is one of the most economical and fastest means for this kind of transport. This is why Cuba's rail network predates that of the Spanish "motherland". The Marcelo Salado Museum has kept a large fleet of perfectly maintained old locomotives (a bit like limousines apparently in good condition) which allows those who wish to take a short train ride inside the locomotive...

about the place, musée Marcelo Salado :

A few kilometers from Remedios, 5 kilometers from the northwest coast of Cuba, in the center of the island, an old sugar plantation has been transformed into a museum. The sugar industry was very important during the time of Spanish colonization, and to ensure the transport of sugar across the island, the main means of transport was the train. 

The museum has an exceptional collection of beautifully restored steam locomotives.

Spoken comments in the film: 

When Cuba was a Spanish colony, the railway was established there more than 10 years before the first train ran on the Iberian Peninsula. It must be said that sugar, the white gold of the time, was extremely profitable. Free labor and high yields on land not yet impoverished by years of monoculture made sugar one of the best investments at that time. 

There remained the problem of transport. A train made it possible to transport enormous quantities from all regions of the island to the ports from which the boats departed for Spain. Some locomotives have been restored and are exhibited in the Marcello Salado Sugar Museum.



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steam locomotive, Remedios • Cuba
museum entrance, Remedios • Cuba

museum entrance

view of the old sugar factory, Remedios • Cuba

view of the old sugar factory

old locomotives, Remedios • Cuba

old locomotives

locomotive in operation (for tourists), Remedios • Cuba

locomotive in operation (for tourists)

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