This article was translated by John R. Bopp

The presence and influence of the Basques in Cuba, as in the rest of Latin America, has not been large in number (when compared to the total number of immigrants), but it has been quite large from an economic, political, and cultural point of view

We’ve spoken quite a bit about the history of the Basques in the Caribbean.  On this occasion, we’re bringing you a study of the economic influence of some of those Basque families in the Cienfuegos region.

Thanks to the work of Hernández Martínez, Y. S., Hernández García, M., García Sánchez, S., & García Rodríguez, A., who’s published in the Universidad & Sociedad magazine at the University of Cienfuegos, we can get to know that part of our history and that of Cuba.

This work of interest to Cubans and Basques is introduced thusly:

Basque-Navarre immigration does not constitute, in any of the stages of the Spanish immigration movement to the Island, a predominant group from the quantitative point of view. Despite of this, in Cuba, and in Cienfuegos in particular, they stood out for their active participation in the economy, politics and society. The present work addresses the socio-economic contribution of the Basque-Navarrese elite in the Cienfuegos territory between 1880 and 1920. To this end, the strategies of social mobility and the socio-economic actions performed by the most relevant members within this migratory group in the region are analyzed. During this lapse, Sotero Escarza Urioste, Agustín Goytisolo Lezarzaburu, Domingo Nazábal Leicegoyena, Nicolás Gamboa Gorostiaga, and especially, Nicolás Castaño Capetillo, made important socio-economic efforts that were, in many cases, determined by networks and family alliances. All this marked they incorporation and consolidation within the Cienfuegos economic elite between the referred periods.


We’ll leave you with a .pdf and a link to read the whole article.

Universidad & Sociedad – 4/2019 – Cuba

La élite vasco-navarra y su contribución socioeconómica en la región de Cienfuegos, Cuba  (1880-1920)

Un trabajo de gran interés para cubanos y vascos y que se presenta así:
La inmigración vasco-navarra no constituye, en ninguna de las etapas del movimiento inmigratorio español a la Isla, un grupo predominante desde el punto de vista cuantitativo.


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El central San Agustín en 1913. Propiedad de Nicolás Castaño Capetillo
The San Agustín Power Plant, 1913, owned by Nicolás Castaño Capetillo

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