FRENCH COFFEE PLANTATIONS
Here in Santiago of Cuba, the French and Haitian cultural legacy can be seen, it is a part not only of its history but also of its memory and tradition. It is not a coincidence that the Archaeological Landscape (Paisaje Arqueológico) of coffee plantations is among the World Heritage sites as well as being declared a Cuban National Monument.
These coffee plantations that date back to the end of the XVII and beginning of the XIX century have also been declared as a Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in the year 2000. There are over a hundred of these plantations, most of them located in the province of Santiago de Cuba, covering the area of the Great Stone (Gran Piedra), El Cobre, Dos Palmas and Contramaestre, although there are many others also in Guantánamo.
The most famous ruins are located in the farmstead of Santa Sofía, Kentucky and La Isabelica, the latter has been perfectly preserved and today houses an ethnographic museum.
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