The San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress
The great amount of fortresses that Cuba possesses shines a light on the intensity of foreign attacks it has sustained.
More forts for the island.
The San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress is another one of those military structures designed to protect the city from invasions and attacks. Cuba, just like the rest of the territories in the Americas, was a common destination for world powers that wanted supremacy over the continent. Since its discovery at the end of the 15th century, the island was invaded several times by the Spaniards, Dutch, French and British, as well as pirates and corsaires. This fortress was built by Carlos III to protect a "weak spot" along the coastline, thus protecting the Spanish Crown’s interests. It was also the building used by Che Guevara as barracks during the Cuban Revolution. Nowadays, in its interior you can find the Museum of Fortifications and Weapons (Museo de Fortificaciones y Armas) and the Che Guevara Cultural Center, focusing on one of the most influential figures in recent Cuban history. And by the way, you're standing in the largest fortress in all the Americas.