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Central Cuba Sights

Manaca Iznaga

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Updated 12/31/1969

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Twelve km (7 mi) beyond the lookout just outside of Trinidad is Manaca Iznaga, where an 18th-century farmhouse that once belonged to one of the region's wealthiest families stands next to the Torre de Iznaga, a 43-meter (141-foot) tower built in the early 1800s. Legend has it that the two Iznaga sons were in love with a beautiful slave girl, and their father told one to build a tower and the other to dig a well, with the promise that whoever built higher or dug deeper

could have her. But when they were done, both the tower and well were 43 meters, so the old man got the girl. The tower actually had a much more practical purpose: it was a place from which to keep an eye on the thousands of slaves who worked the surrounding plantations. The large bell that was rung when slaves tried to escape lies on the ground near the farmhouse.

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