The Royal Road (Camino Real) and its role in organising Cuban territory

Rojas, Ángela (2005) The Royal Road (Camino Real) and its role in organising Cuban territory. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Cuban identity has been conformed along time as a mixture among cultures. Different routes made possible the transformation of Cuban territory and became a net that sustained land structure along centuries. Aborigine settlements served to create Spanish villages, but economic and territorial development was pressured by the Intercontinental Royal Road. This is due to the importance of fleet system for the development of Havana, and shows the role of the city in Iberoamerican culture. From Cuban ports, and particularly Havana’s, parted new roads to the hinterland that guaranteed services and production. They were the first steps in colonisation and the basis, years after, to tobacco and sugar production. This presentation shows the evolution of Cuban roads and their elements, focused in the net of roads as a Cultural Route. Relationship with other cultural developments will be underlined and also its current importance, values and protection as heritage. Because of its importance it will emphasise the routes between Havana and its surroundings and also the corridor conformed by a net of Royal Roads that created a system of settlements and became the path of the Central Highway.It will be shown the importance of a research concerning other routes of the most importance,such as those related to sugar, tobacco,coffee,syncretic religions and the role of slavery.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Rojas, Ángela
Languages: English
Keywords: cultural routes; evolution
Subjects: H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 07. Cultural routes
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Camino Real, Cuba
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2010 11:31
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2024 15:25

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