Fuerte San Hilario

Cayo Sabinal has quite some history for a wilderness area. Following repeated pirate attacks in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Spanish built a fort here (1831) to keep marauding corsairs at bay. The fort later became a prison and, in 1875, witnessed the only Carlist uprising (a counter-revolutionary movement in Spain that opposed the reigning monarchy) in Cuba – ever.

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