|Elevation||1,974 m (6,476 ft)|
|Prominence||1,974 m (6,476 ft)|
|English translation||Turquino Peak|
|Language of name||Spanish|
|Parent range||Sierra Maestra|
The name is believed to be a corruption of turquoise (Spanish: turquesa) peak, named so for the blue hues taken by the heights in certain views. It was first mentioned (under the name "Tarquino") on a map drawn by Gerardo Kramer in the late 18th century. It was first climbed in 1860 by F.W. Ramsden.
Fidel Castro and his soldiers summitted the peak in 1957 during their insurgency. According to Che Guevara, Castro's second-in-command, the mountain had an "almost mystical significance" to the revolutionaries.
- Cuban Foreign Ministry. "Pico Turquino, la montaña azul o el monte de los turcos" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
- Full text of "THE ASCENT OF THE TURQUINO, THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN CUBA"
- Ernesto Che Guevara. "Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War".
- National Protected Areas System of Cuba (2005). "Protected Areas". Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2007-10-10.
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