Santa Clara , city
(1994 est. pop. 217,000), capital of Villa Clara prov., central
Cuba. It is a communications and commercial center located
on major rail and highway junctions; it also has an airport.
Cattle raising was the traditional industry until the 19th
cent., when sugarcane became important. Tobacco processing
and trading are carried on there. Santa Clara was founded
in 1689. It was captured by guerrilla forces in late 1958
during Fidel Castro's revolution against Fulgencio Batista
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