Camagüey is the island's third largest settlement, it is a flat, spread-out city of picturesque churches and limp neoclassical facades that line the narrow, winding streets like Greek temples in pre-Hellenic Athens. Departing from the normal Latin American grid construction, Camagüey was meant to be built in a labyrinthine manner in order to confuse musket-toting pirates who made a habit of attacking the city in the 16th century, despite its supposedly impregnable position 50km inland. It didn't scare off British buccaneer Henry Morgan, who properly sacked the magnificent cathedral in 1668 before making off with a stocky catch of gold and jewels.

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