Welcome to Manzanillo
Founded in 1784 as a small fishing port, Manzanillo's early history was dominated by smugglers and pirates trading in contraband. The subterfuge continued into the late 1950s, when the city's proximity to the Sierra Maestra made it an important supply center for arms and men joining Castro's revolutionaries in their secret mountaintop headquarters.
Manzanillo's famous hand-operated street organs were first imported from France in the early 20th century. The city's musical legacy was solidified further in 1972 with a government-sponsored nueva trova festival that culminated in a solidarity march to Playa las Coloradas.