Monument of Taino chief Hatuey in Yara, depicting the moment he was burnt by Spanish soldiers. Bind to a Tamarind tree planted in 1907.
Yara municipality (red) within
Granma Province (yellow) and Cuba
|• Total||576 km2 (222 sq mi)|
|Elevation||30 m (100 ft)|
|• Density||103.2/km2 (267/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
Yara is a small town and municipality in the Granma Province of Cuba, located halfway between the cities of Bayamo and Manzanillo, in the Gulf of Guacanayabo. Yara means "place" in the Taíno language.
The Taíno Cacique (chief) Hatuey was burnt at the stake in Yara, on February 2, 1512, after he organized a guerrilla war against the Spaniards. Hatuey is known as "Cuba's First National Hero". This action gave birth to one of Cuban mayor's myths; "La Luz de Yara", The Light of Yara.
On October 10, 1868, the beginning of the Ten Years' War in Cuba occurred and is known as El Grito de Yara (The Cry of Yara) and was the beginning of the First Cuban War of Independence.
Yara was established as a municipality in 1912, when Manzanillo was split up.
The municipality is divided into the barrios of Yara, Yara Arriba, Veguitas, Buey de Gallego, Coco, Caboa, Cabagán, Calambrosio, Canabacoa, Cayo Redondo, José Martí, Los Cayos, Mateo Romás and Sofía.
- Bartolomé Masó (1830-1907), soldier and politician
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