Today we leave Havana for our long drive east to Trinidad located in central Cuba. En route we stopped in Santa Clara founded in 1689 and was the last battle ground of the Cuban Revolution which toppled the Batista government in 1958. One of these guerrilla columns that attacked and captured Santa Clara was led by Che Guevara. Even if you don’t know exactly who he is, there is no doubt you must have seen an image of Che Guevara printed on a T-shirt or a graffiti of him tagged on a wall. Che Guevara met the Castro brothers and joined their 26th of July Movement. Soon he rose to second-in-command and was pivotal in his role that led to the ousting of former President Batista.
Also in Santa Clara is the Tren Blindado or Amoured Train which was created in memory of the events of the Battle of Santa Clara in 1958 during the Cuban Revolution. The site consists of a sculpture park, an obelisk dedicated to Che Guevara, and a monument to the bulldozer used by Guevara to derail the train. The derailment and capture of the armoured train marked the victory for Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution. The armoured train was sent by Batista carrying 373 soldiers, ammunitions, and provisions in an attempt to defeat the revolutionaries. Che Guevara derailed the train by bulldozing 30 meters of the track and proceeded to capture the weapons and ammunitions on board.