Bay of Pigs

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This article is about the geographical location. For the article about the invasion at the bay in 1961, see Bay of Pigs Invasion. For the 2009 musical composition by "Destroyer", see Bay of Pigs (EP).
Not to be confused with Pig's Bay.

Coordinates: 22°13′N 81°10′W / 22.217°N 81.167°W / 22.217; -81.167

Geographical location of the Bay of Pigs
Bahia de Cochinos 1961

The Bay of Pigs (Spanish: Bahía de Cochinos) is an inlet of the Gulf of Cazones located on the southern coast of Cuba. By 1910, it was included in Santa Clara Province, and then instead to Las Villas Province by 1961, but in 1976, it was reassigned to Matanzas Province, when the original six provinces of Cuba were re-organized into 14 new Provinces of Cuba.

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This bay is approximately 30 kilometers South of Jagüey Grande, 70 kilometers west of the city of Cienfuegos, and 150 kilometers southeast from the capital city Havana. On the western side of the bay, coral reefs border the main Zapata Swamp, part of the Zapata Peninsula. On the eastern side, beaches border margins of firm ground with mangroves and extensive areas of swampland to the north and east. At the north end of the bay, the village of Buena Ventura is adjacent to Playa Larga (Long Beach). 35 kilometers southeast of that, Playa Girón (Giron beach) at the village of Girón is named after the notorious French pirate Gilberto Giron (c.1604).[1]

Sunset on Playa Girón

History[edit]

Playa Girón and Playa Larga were the landing sites for seaborne forces of armed Cuban exiles in the Bay of Pigs Invasion, an American CIA-sponsored attempt to overthrow the new government of Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro in April 1961.

Etymology[edit]

In Caribbean Spanish, cochinos may also mean the Orangeside triggerfish (Sufflamen verres), that inhabits coral reefs in Bahía de Cochinos, not swine (Sus scrofa).[2]

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