Holguín , city (1994
est. pop. 246,000), capital
of Holguín prov., E Cuba. It is a prosperous commercial
center and transportation hub in a fertile region of diversified
agriculture. Often called "Cuba's granary," Holguín
is located in a region where corn, beans, sugarcane, tobacco,
and cattle are raised. Most exports are handled by its port,
Gibara. The city, founded in 1523, was named for Garcia Holguín,
a 16th-century conquistador in Mexico. It was moved to its
present site in the 18th cent.
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