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not such a sweet history

Cuba’s fortunes have generally hung on a single crop and before tourism the main harvest was sugar. The area around Trinidad is dotted with the ruins of enormous 19th sugar plantations which ran on the sweat of African slaves.

Sugar plantation ruins. The tower, a feature of every plantation, was to keep a watchful eye on the toiling slaves.

Sugar was processed in giant steel cauldrons over these furnaces.

This plantation house was destroyed quite recently by a hurricane.

An example of the steel cauldrons, at another larger plantation...

... with a six story, forty-five metre tower...

... which afford views of village below...

... and across the valley to the Escambray Mountains in the distance.

This amazingly colourful lizard is one of many adorning the walls of the hacienda.

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