Cienfuegos History

Why is named Cienfuegos?

The 19th century saw the birth of the Fernandina colony of Jagua, on April 22, 1819. This town is characterized by being the only one in Cuba that, under the Spanish crown, came to the world with parents from other countries, mostly French. The colony Fernandina de Jagua, with an initial population of 46 people, was growing in the same year of its foundation, spaniards and cubans also joined the economic and social life of the colony, which, due to its prosperity, reached in 1829 the title of Villa de Cienfuegos, in honor of José Cienfuegos, Captain General of the Island at the time of its foundation. It acquired the title of city in 1880, due to the accelerated economic development reached in that stage.