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  • Colonial Fortress: Matachin Fort

    Matachin Fort, Baracoa. Cuba

    • Destination: Baracoa
    • Open: Daily
    • Address From: Calle Marti esq. a Juracion. Baracoa
    • Telephone: (5321) 42122
  • Description Colonial Fortress: Matachin Fort, Baracoa. Cuba

    Built on Esteban Point, whence it takes its name, for the people of Baracoa (without knowing why) began at the beginning of the c.19 to call it Matachin. When in 1807 the ship of an English pirate called Winchester arrived at the Ensenada del Miel, the Baracoan counter-attack was so decisive that some pirates fled and others were taken prisoner, evidence of the strength of Baracoa’s arsenal.
    Matachín Fort

    In 1868 it became a guard post of the Spanish army for the recognition and registry of all those entering and departing from the city. The people protested at the arbitrariness of this measure which was repealed in 1887 but subsequently reinstated in 1895. After the installation of the pseudo-Republic, it was used firstly as a bastion against the pirates and later was used by the Spanish as a prison. Later it was used as a shelter by a group of desperate families which gathered there in search of refuge. So numerous were the misfortunes that rained down upon them that a sinister name was given to their temporary home: "The Castle of the Damned’.

    On 10th October 1981 the Matachín Fort Municipal Museum was inaugurated. This contains a brief account of Baracoa’s history from the time of the Indians and includes the most significant twentieth century facts and events concerning the region.

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    Museo Municipal This museum located inside the Spanish fortress Fuerte Matachín features a brief history of Baracoa.

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    This Spanish fort located at the southern entrance of the town was built in 1802, and now houses the Museo Municipal.