La Cabaña

  • Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña (Fort of Saint Charles), colloquially known as La Cabaña.
  • After the capture of Havana by British forces in 1762, an exchange was soon made for returning Havana to the Spanish, the controlling colonial power of Cuba, in exchange for Florida
  • This realization and the fear of further attacks following British colonial conquests in the Seven Years War prompted the Spanish to build a new fortress to improve the overland defense of Havana.
  • King Carlos III of Spain began the construction of La Cabaña in 1763. Replacing earlier and less extensive fortifications next to the 16th-century El Morro fortress
  • A key factor in the British capture of Havana turned out to be the overland vulnerability of El Morro

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