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The otero or hill where according to Leandro González Alcorta in the middle of the 18th century the population head of Pinar del Río, the Loma de Cuní, would be settled, as it was also called by the primitive inhabitants of the place, those who first settled on the banks of the Guamá and then fleeing the floodwaters of the river they expanded between its riverbed and the stream of the swamp; it would be the location of the main square (second place of arms) and the third historical center of the city.


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By Gerardo Ortega

Pinar del Río city received this title on September 10, 1867, the day on which it became an adult because before, as has already been said, it was a village, a hamlet and a mercedado site like the others. In 1787 the house of the Lieutenant Governor of the New Philippines is located in what was the hill of Cuní, today Independence Park, turning it into the capital of the Jurisdiction, although only twenty houses were distinguished at that time and there would be little more than one hundred inhabitants (according to some neighbors).


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