Banes, Cuba

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Location
20°58'10"N
075°42'42"W
Country
 Cuba
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Description

Banes is a municipality and city in the Holguín Province of Cuba. Banes was an important area for the native Taino people before the conquest by Columbus. The town of Banes is visited by tourists from Guardalavaca as it is the nearest town to the resort, and both are in the municipality of Banes. A museum featuring the Taino culture is situated halfway between both towns.

History

The name comes from the inhabitants Taino language word Bani, meaning "valley".Hurricane Ike made landfall here as a Category 4 hurricane on the evening of September 7, 2008, causing great losses of property.

Geography

The municipality is divided into the barrios of Barrio Amarillo, Angeles, Berros, Cañadón, Durruthy, Este, Flores, Macabi, Mulas, Nuevo Banes, Oeste, Retrete, Río Seco, Samá (includes Guardalavaca), Marcané, Veguitas and Yaguajay.

Demographics

In 2004, the municipality of Banes had a population of 81,274. With a total area of 781 km2 (302 sq mi), it has a population density of 104.1/km2 (270/sq mi).

Personalities

Fulgencio Batista (1901–1973), politician Victor Brown (?–2016), musician Rafael Díaz-Balart (1926–2005), politician Rafael José Díaz-Balart (1899–1985), politician Waldo Díaz-Balart (b. 1931), painter Julio González (1920–1991), baseball player Peruchín (1913–1977), pianist Gilberto Zaldívar (1934–2009), Cuban-American theatre director
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