Matanzas in Cuba is called the city of bridges. Seventeen are the structures that cross the three rivers of the city. For this reason it is also called the Venice of Cuba or even the Athens of Cuba for the literary current of poetry that originated here. The municipality is divided into several neighborhoods. Bachicha, Bailén, Barracones, Bellamar, Camarioca, Cárcel, Ceiba Mocha, Colón, Corral Nuevo, Guanábana, Ojo de Agua, Refugio, San Luis, San Severino, Simpson and Monserrate, Versalles and Yumurí. The city was founded in 1693 with the initial name of San Carlos and San Severino de Matanzas.
Meaning of his name “Matanzas”, Cuba.
Immediately it became one of the areas of greatest development in the cultivation of sugar plantations. The name Matanzas, later attributed, means massacre. The killing of thirty Spanish soldiers by local aborigines while crossing one of the rivers in the area. The heavy armor worn to defend the body caused the death of many of these soldiers. Only two women including the beautiful María de Estrada survived. María of Estrada was later married to Pedro Sánchez Farfán in the city of Trinidad. It was the birthplace of Perez Prado (musician, 1916-1989), Pedro Juan Gutiérrez (writer, 1950), Lyen Wong (athlete of German origin, 1974) and Leo Cardenas (baseball player five times All-Star, 1938).