Cienfuegos is located on the shores of Jagua Bay and was founded in 1819 by the Frenchman Louis de Clouet and 50 other immigrant colonists from Bordeaux and Louisiana. The city was named Cienfuegos in 1829, in homage to José Cienfuegos, the governor of Cuba who gave this land to exiles and was once an important port, trading route and agricultural centre, surrounded by fertile fields and plantations. Visit the castle of Jagua at the entrace of the bay, the Cathedral, the Jose Marti Park in the Plaza de Armas, the botanic gardens and the provincial museum. The city is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list and close to the Bay of Pigs, site of the infamous failed invasion during the Cold War. 

The region originally gave itself to agriculture but has now become Cuba's industrial region.

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