321st Anniversary of Cuban Centennial City Celebrated

Matanzas, Cuba, Oct 13.- With a solemn meeting, the Municipal Assembly of People’s Power (AMPP, mayor’s office) commemorated the 321st anniversary of the city, baptized since the nineteenth century as the “Athens of Cuba”.Ercilio Vento, the town historian, described the economic, political and social development of the city in more than three centuries.

He recalled that on one memorable occasion, the historic Cuban leader Fidel Castro, defined Matanzas people as hard-working, revolutionary and educated.

Marta Odalys Hernández, President of AMPP, recalled that this year the city celebrated important events such as the bicentenary of the poet, playwright and essayist Jose Jacinto Milanes (1814-1863), regarded as the first Cuban poetic wit.

Matanzas, located 100 kilometers east of Havana, was officially founded on October 12, 1693 by thirty families from the Canary Islands, Spain, especially brought to form the community.

Until 20 October, activities for the 321st anniversary are scheduled, including the XXXIX Culture Week, exhibitions, theater performances, various musical events and the Feast of Origins that will run for five days.

Film and video presentations are also scheduled, as well as granting the Literature Prize Foundation of the City.(Prensa Latina).

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