San Salvador de Bayamo is the second of the seven villages founded by Diego Velázquez. The area, where an indigenous community once settled down next to the shores of a river was finally established on November 5 th,1513.
By the end of 1514, the unhappy colonizers with the houses already taken on their own moved their church to the indigenous town where the gift of its fertile soils as well as the high number of immigrants coming from Baracoa made easier a quick growth of the population.
This village is admired for having been the capital of the First Republic in Arms during the nineteenth - century struggle for independence. It is related to its inhabitants' decision of setting their own town on fire rather than see it fall intact into the colonizers' hands.
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