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Gran Tierra, Maisi, my trip to the eastern end of Cuba.

20 marzo, 2018

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Photo of the Mountains and coast of Haiti taken from Olimpo farm in Gran Tierra, Maisi, Guantanamo, early in the morning with my Nikon D3400 at 70 mlm normal zoom kit lens. No filter.

Gran Tierra, Maisi, a municipality in the province of Guantanamo, was the place where I went for a stay with my wife who was born in those mountains where coffee, cocoa and bananas are planted. The temperature usually has an average of 50 F in winter or less at night so that nobody needs air conditioning. The peasants of Maisi are so peaceful like swiss in a remote town that they boast before the visitor that they can leave an open automobile with gold lingots that no one will touch.  Parents and other relatives when they meet with the sons hug and kiss each other on the cheek, so distant friends to meet and a word pledged is worth more than any legal document. The unmarried young women of marriageable age choose the groom with a slight erotic movement of hips that tells the suitor that his love should be declared. The terrain and vegetation, in normal conditions before the last hurricane, look like Africa, as I was told years ago by a couple of English writers born in South Africa who toured the region with me. A Cuban doctor who practices in Spain told me that Gran Tierra and its inhabitants were very similar to those of La Gomera in the Canary Islands.There the dawns are peaceful and everything is intense green although the last hurricane that finish with all the vegetation has only left palms standing. The cocoa remained standing but the coffee was completely lost. Everywhere you look, there are people building houses with plates with cement and bars that are the only ones that can withstand a hurricane. In the farm where I stay, the house of my wife’s sister, a chicken is killed from self-consumption every two days and from there, the highest point of the municipality, the Olimpo farm could portray the mountains and part of the coasts of Haiti that we face front, the radio of Haiti enters loud and clear with high modulation and also the radio and TV of the Dominican Republic. Photos Nikon D3400 by Gualterio Nunez Estrada, gualterionunez4@gmail.com , Sarasota, Fl.

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Gran Tierra, Maisi, un municipio de la provincia Guantanamo fue el lugar al cual me diriji para una estancia con mi esposa que nacio en esas montanas donde se siembra cafe, cacao y guineo. La temperatura suele tener una media de 50 F en invierno o menos por las noches de manera que nadie necesita aire acondicionado. Los campesinos de Maisi son tan apacibles como uno de Suiza en un pueblo remoto que se jactan ante el visitante de que puede dejar un automobil abierto con lingotes de oro que nadie lo tocara. Los padres y otros familiares al encontrarse con los hijos se abrazan y se besan en la mejilla, asi los amigos distantes al encontrarse y una palabra empenada vale mas que cualquier documento legal. Las jovenes solteras en edad de casarse eligen el novio con un leve movimiento erotico de caderas que le indica al pretendiente que debe declararse su amor. El terreno y la vegetacion, en condiciones normales antes del ultimo huracan, se parecen a Africa, segun me dijeron hace anos un matrimonio de escritores ingleses nacidos en Sudafrica que recorrieron conmigo la region.Tambien un medico cubano que practica en Espana me dijo que Gran Tierra y sus habitantes eran muy parecido a los de La Gomera en Islas Canarias. Alli los amaneceres son apacibles y todo es verde intenso aunque el ultimo huracan que acabo con toda la vegetacion solo ha dejado palmas en pie. El cacao quedo en pie pero el cafe se perdio por completo. Dondequiera que miras hay gente construyendo casas de placas con cemento y cabillas que son las unicas que pueden resistir un huracan. En la finca donde me aloje, la casa de la hermana de mi esposa, se mata un pollo del autoconsumo cada dos dias y desde alli, el punto mas alto del municipio, la granja de Olimpo pude retratar las montans y parte de las costas de Haiti que nos quda frente por frente, la radio de Haiti entra fuerte y clara con alta modulacion y tambien la radio y la tv de Republica Dominica.

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The dogs and animals of upbringing are loose on the roads and the mountains totally alone without anyone bothering them, but they all have a owner. Dogs and cats eat what is cooked at home and dogs are given food at night to protect the surroundings of the house, but they never tie them up or put necklaces on them. Dogs in the hours of the day never laugh at anyone when they roam the roads. They go in groups of three or five playing all the time.

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Los perros y los animales de crianza están sueltos en las carreteras y las montañas totalmente solos sin que nadie los moleste, pero todos tienen un dueño. Los perros y gatos comen lo que se cocina en casa y a los perros se les da de comer por la noche para proteger el entorno de la casa, pero nunca los atan ni les cuelgan collares. Los perros en las horas del día nunca se ríen de nadie cuando deambulan por las carreteras. Van en grupos de tres o cinco jugando todo el tiempo.

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My recently two week vacation in Santiago de Cuba IV. The House of Diego Velazquez.

20 marzo, 2018

diego-velazquez-de-cuellar-spanish-conqueror-of-cuba-b7wgn7Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar (1465 in CuéllarSpain – c. June 12, 1524 in Santiago de Cuba) was a Spanish conquistador. He conquered and governed Cuba on behalf of Spain and moved Havana from the south coast of western Cuba to the north coast, placing it well as a port for Spanish trade.He was named to lead the expedition of conquest of Cuba in 1511, with 300 men, a three-year undertaking noted for its brutality.[4] He acted under orders from Diego Columbus, recently restored as Viceroy of the Indies. He founded a number of new Spanish settlements and cities on the island, first Baracoa in 1511 and then most notably Santiago de Cuba in 1514 and Havana in 1515. Velázquez was appointed Governor of Cuba.[5]:16 The new settlers did not wish to be under the personal authority of Diego Columbus, so Velázquez convoked a general cabildo (a local government council) which was duly authorized to deal directly with Spain, and therefore removed Velázquez and the settlers from under the authority of Columbus, their nominal superior. It was a precedent that would come back to haunt him with the Mexican adventures. Noting the weakness of the natives, Velázquez authorized the importation of black slaves in 1513. He authorized various expeditions to explore lands further west, including the 1517 Francisco Hernández de Córdobaexpedition to Yucatán (see: Spanish Conquest of Yucatán), and Juan de Grijalva‘s 1518 expedition.[5]:16,27 He was made the first Adelantado of Cuba with jurisdiction over the former Governorship of the Indies.[5]:126 He initially backed Hernán Cortés‘s expedition to Mexico,[5]:44–47 but pulled back his support before the expedition was scheduled to launch. Cortés disobeyed Velázquez’s orders to disband his expeditionary force and left for Mexico anyway.[5]:56  Velázquez lost his governorship of Cuba in 1521, for his misuse of indigenous labor, but he was restored to office in 1523. At the time of his unexpected death in 1524 at age 59, he was “the richest Spaniard in the Americas,” despite financial losses on the expedition of Francisco Hernández de Córdoba and of Hernán Cortés. He completed the successful conquest of Cuba, founded towns that remain important, made Cuba economically prosperous, and turned it into the staging point for expeditions of conquest elsewhere. [6](Wikipedia).

My visit to the House of the first Governor of all America was required, I personally met at my university, the University of the East, (Universidad de Oriente,en Santiago de Cuba) with the Professor Historian of Art and Spanish architect Prat Puig who guided the research and reconstruction of the original house from which expanded the Spanish Empire in the New World, besides, I linked to it many memories with comfortable furniture similar to those that my family conserved genealogically linked to the First Governor of the Morro de Santiago de Cuba, but having witnessed the intense work of my university for rebuilding the house. I have chosen to show you a video of an amateur tourist I found on You Tube and then my pictures taken without flash with my Nikon D3400. Gualterio Nunez Estrada, gualterionunez4@gmail.com, Sarasota, Fl.

Mi visita a la Casa del primer Gobernador de toda America fue obligada, conoci personalmente en mi universidad, la Universidad de Oriente al profesor Historiador del Arte y arquitecto espanol Prat Puig que guio la investigacion y reconstruccion de la casona original a partir de la cual se expandio el Imperio Espanol en el Nuevo Mundo, ademas, me ligaban a ella muchos recuerdos entranables con muebles parecidos a los que conservaba mi familia paterna genealogicamente vinculada al Primer Gobernador del Morro de Santiago de Cuba, mas haber sido testigo de los intensos trabajos de mi universidad por reconstruir la casa. He preferido mostrarles un video de un turista aficionado que encontre en You Tube y luego mis fotos que tome sin flash con mi Nikin D3400. Gualterio Nunez Estrada, gualterionunez4@gmail.com, Sarasota, Fl.

This is the original Cabildo of the City rebuided by Prag Puig near de house of Diego Velazquez when the City was capital of the island.

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This is the House of Diego Velazquez with arquitecture modejar influenced by the Midled East. Hall of the House. (Internet picture)
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