Cuba Culture

El Cobre copper mine to become a museum gallery

Posted September 20, 2005 by publisher in Cuba Culture.

A museum-gallery will be inaugurated in the town of El Cobre, in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, in order to show the five-century-old history of that copper field.

The mine, which was closed in 2001, was discovered 475 years ago, so it is considered the oldest of its kind in the American continent.

Experts said that the museum will preserve for future generations the history of mining tradition in the region, where aborigines and African slaves worked.

It will also highlight the economic and socio-cultural development of the region, where the first uprisings by African slaves, who were forced to work in the mine, took place.

The project includes improvement of the environment, which has been degraded after centuries of mining activity, turning it into a pleasant and useful ecosystem.

After the mine was closed when open-sky copper reserves were exhausted, several projects of strong environmental impact were planned, some of which are underway.

Member Comments

On November 17, 2005, edwin nagle wrote:

please help me,
          my grand father ,Edwin B. Nagle was the Sup. of Cobre Mines in 1918, is there any records of his employment there? If so how can I obtain them. I know he also was married in Cuba, had several children, I have been searching for any info on him for 2-3 years. Please, if you can help.
          Frank Nagle
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On November 17, 2005, publisher wrote:

Thanks for the post. No records available that I know of.

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