|Nickname(s): City of Mills|
Puerto Padre municipality (red) within
Las Tunas Province (yellow) and Cuba
|• Total||1,178 km2 (455 sq mi)|
|Elevation||25 m (82 ft)|
|• Density||79.5/km2 (206/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
Puerto Padre (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpweɾto paðɾe]) is a municipality and town in the Las Tunas Province of Cuba. It is located on the northern coastal region of the province, in an estuary (Estero El Espanolito) that opens into the Puerto Padre Bay.
Known popularly as the City of Mills, Puerto Padre has a history dating back into the 16th century. In the mid-19th century (1851), the city began its transformation from a small town into an industrial centre with the construction of its first sugarcane mill. The town played a large role in Cuba's wars of independence, and today is something of a tourist centre.The founders were Criollo(Creole) landowners of Castilian ancestry and Catalan merchants.
Prior to the 1959 revolution,the municipality was divided into the barrios of Chaparra, Delicias, Estrada Palma, La Lima, La Yaya, Los Alfonsos, Maniabón, Norte, San Manuel, Santa María, Sur, Vedado and Yarey.These names still exist though the pre 1959 municipality's borders no longer include Delicias (Antonio Guiteras) or Chaparra (Jesús Menéndez), named for their respective sugar mills and, as of 2012, in ruins.
The town is known for its charming streets, bay views and hilltop fortress. Virgin beaches can be found across the Bahía de Puerto Padre. These beaches are popular with locals and visitors alike, their names are La Boca and La Llanita.
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- Efigenio Ameijeiras (b. 1931), Cuban revolutionary
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Media related to Puerto Padre at Wikimedia Commons