Las ruinas del ingenio Santa Isabel, su historia.

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Las ruinas del ingenio Santa Isabel, su historia. En el norte de la ciudad cubana de Camagüey, antes villa de Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe, en la Carretera que va a la Playa Santa Lucía, se encuentran las ruinas del Ingenio Santa Isabel. Francisco de Quesada y Agüero construyó a finales del siglo XVIII este ingenio en sus tierras. Su nombre proviene de una de sus hijas nombrada Isabel de Quesada quien falleció en 1822. El Ingenio pasó más tarde a manos de su viudo Martín del Castillo Betancourt y fue hipotecado en más de una ocasión en elevadas sumas de dinero. Durante varios años el lugar no pasó de ser un trapiche movido por tracción dotado de jamaicanos encargados de laborar azúcar… More
In the north of the Cuban city of Camag üey, before the villa of Santa Maria del Port of the Prince, on the road that goes to Santa Lucia Beach, are the ruins of the Santa Isabel Ingenio. Francisco de Quesada y Aguero built this ingenuity on his land in the late th century. Her name comes from one of her daughters named Elizabeth of Quesada who died in 1822. The Ingenio later passed into the hands of his widower Mart ínn del Castillo Betancourt and was mortgaged on more than one occasion in large sums of money. For several years, the place did not change from a traction-driven trapiche with Jamaicans in charge of labor sugar and its derivatives. He was recognized as ′′ Ingenuity ′′ of grinding sugar in 1835 and already in 1873 possessed 40 narrow ground knights. Underground stairs
Martin del Castle Betancourt sold the ingenuity to his son Martin del Castle Quesada along with 26 slaves and other waxes of his endowment. In 1859, it became the property of Angel Castillo Agramonte who acquired the said ingenuity valued at 120 pesos owing 100 000.00 and being committed to paying 20 000.00 per year. This new owner imported machines from North America to increase yields in the industrial process by taking advantage of the natural advantages of the flowing Saramaguacan River, on whose margins they had been built. These techniques certainly elevated the performance and production of ingenuity. Santa Isabel was cannoned and destroyed by General of Balmaceda Blas Villate de las Hera, in the early days of December 1868. Its ruins remain as a witness to this stage of our struggles for independence, being the first ingenuity destroyed in the province as a result of the war. You dance
Between the debris is still preserved its foundation system and walls that serve as elements of support for its machinery, remains of walls and stairs underground, pailas, as well as its towers or steam fireplaces, the bases of what may have been the place where the so-called Jamaican train and other elements of the sugar production process was located. The ruins of Santa Isabel’s Ingenio, it is local heritage, also constitutes a valuable testimony to the colonial sugar industry, which shows us the peculiarity of an early stage of industrial development in Cuba. ·