Fernandina de Jagua. Cienfuegos City Foundation

On January 1st 1819 Infantry Lieutenant Colonel Juan Luis Lorenzo De Clouet, proposed the foundation of the town to the governor of the island, Don José Cienfuegos. The proposal was accepted and officialized on March 9 1819.

Old Cienfuegos Bay

De Clouet reaches Jagua (area name given by the natives) with forty-six French settlers, Don Domingo Monjenié physician and surveyor Don Domingo Dubroct. They camped at an Indian village along the river Saladito, which had been abandoned by the Siboneyes. Part of these land had been acquired by the Marine Brigadier Don Honorato Bouyon.

The colonists settled in the abandoned huts and eight tents. They laid out several streets and also had already pointed out a park. On April 19 De Clouet received the visit of Agustín de Santa Cruz y de Castilla. This noble Cuban told to De Clouet the convenience of drawing the population in the peninsula of Majagua. This place owned by Agustín de Santa Cruz's wife, Lady Antonia Guerrero. Convinced by indications from Santa Cruz, De Clouetaccepted the offer and decided to found the city where now stands.

On April 22, 1819, at sunrise, Don Luis De Clouet, adorned with their logos and surrounded by neighbors who heard him on his knees, took possession of the land on behalf of His Majesty the King of Spain and founded Fernandina de Jagua.

In 1829 the name Fernandina de Jagua was replaced by Cienfuegos, in honor of the Captain General of the island, Don José Cienfuegos, Jovellanos.

The City and the title of Villa is granted in 1829 and acquired city status in 1880. It is the capital of the province of the same name since 1976, with the new political-administrative division of the country.

Juan del Campo and Carreras, a Spanish merchant was designate Mayor of Cienfuegos city in 1881. He gave unflinching honesty test as administrator of the municipal property. Elias Ponvert y Malibran and his wife Luisa Terry, devoted their life to the activity and prosperty of the city. They always provided succor to the needed ones and never forget their religious and civic duties.