On 27 October 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba in a place he named Porto Santo. It is generally assumed from his description that this was Baracoa, although there are also claims it was Gibara. But Columbus also described a nearby table mountain, which is almost certainly nearby el Yunque. He wrote in his logbook "the most beautiful place in the world ...I heard the birds sing that they will never ever leave this place." According to legend, Columbus put a cross called Cruz de la Parra in the sands of what would later become Baracoa harbor.
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Location N 20°20'31" W 74°29'28"
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Added: 18 December 2006
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