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West of Bayamo, the road to Manzanillo passes through banana farms and cane fields. The biggest settlement between the two cities is Yara, a striking sugar town in the shadow of the Sierra Maestra. The road into it is lined with palm and mango trees; it takes you past worn wooden plantation houses—made brittle by the tropical heat and sun—a sugar mill, and a train station. The town was first settled by Diego Velázquez in 1513, but it is most famous for being the Yara in Céspedes' Grito de Yara and as the place where Céspedes fought his first battle against the Spanish in 1868.
Yara at a Glance
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