The capital city of the state of Villa Clara, Santa Clara is most famous for its pivotal role in the Cuban revolution.
On December 31, 1958, the combined forces of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos attacked the city by de-railing a train carrying military supplies for the dictator Fulgencio Batista's troops. Once Che and Camilo had captured the city Cuba was effectively split in half, cutting off all communication between the west and east of the island.
This was the decisive moment in the revolution and Batista fled the country a few hours later. Then on January 1st 1959 the victorious revolutionaries, including Fidel Castro, arrived in Havana seizing power and starting a new era in Cuban history.
Part of the train is still on display in the city and there is a huge memorial where Che Guevara and other revolutionaries are buried in the city's Plaza de la Revolución.
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Places near Santa Clara
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- Trinidad 43 miles away
- Sancti Spiritus 48 miles away
- Cayo Las Brujas 51 miles away
- Cayo Ensenachos 58 miles away
- Northern Cayes 59 miles away
- Cayo Santa Maria 66 miles away
- Varadero 96 miles away
- Camaguey 150 miles away
- Havana 161 miles away
- Las Terrazas 193 miles away
- Cayo Levisa 230 miles away
- Western Cuba 239 miles away
- Viñales 240 miles away
- Playa Esmeralda 278 miles away
- Guardalavaca 281 miles away
- Maria la Gorda 294 miles away