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The Bay of Slaughters

MIGUEL A. Bretos

in Matanzas

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780813038100
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041568 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813038100.003.0002
The Bay of Slaughters

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The origin of Matanzas's strange name (“Matanzas” literally means “slaughters”) can be traced back to around 1510, when most of the crew of a Spanish vessel that had wrecked at the bay were killed by the locals. In 1628, the site experienced a burst of fame when Piet Heyn, sailing on behalf of the Dutch West India Company, captured the Spanish flota or convoy from New Spain at the harbor, inflicting a disastrous defeat on Spain. The Spanish admiral, Juan de Benavides, was eventually executed for his failure that day.

Keywords: flota; Benavides; Piet Heyn; West India Company

Chapter.  5715 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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