Photo Feature by Jenny Cressman
HAVANA TIMES — On some of my visits to Cuba, I passed through the port city of Manzanillo, situated on the southerly sole of the island in the historic Granma province. When I’ve been lucky enough to have a little extra time, I’ve enjoyed strolling along this city’s malecón photographing the iconic architecture in the city’s central plaza.
Founded in 1784, Manzanillo soon became a significant commercial shipping harbor for the Guancanayabo Gulf and is known to have been a smuggling center at one time. It was also the setting for several battles during the Spanish-American War.
This municipality of over 130,000 (in 2004) made history more recently when it became the primary cholera zone during a rare outbreak this past summer. As I recall, concerns were expressed about Manzanillo’s water lines possibly contributing to the spread of the disease.
For this reason, when I passed through the area in mid-November, I was pleased to observe that new PVC (plastic) water pipes were being installed. I wish I had stopped to take a picture!
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