Manacas Iznaga Tower

Material Information

Manacas Iznaga Tower
Uniform Title:
The Bryant Slides Collection
The Bryant Slides Collection, Cuba
Iznaga, Pedro, 1817-1879 ( Builder )
Iznaga, Alejo, 1792-1845 ( Builder )
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
35 mm


Subjects / Keywords:
Architecture -- Cuba
Manacas Iznaga Tower (Trinidad, Cuba)
La Torre Manacas Iznaga (Trinidad, Cuba)
Observation towers -- Cuba -- Trinidad
Watchtowers -- Cuba -- Trinidad
Bell towers -- Cuba -- Trinidad
Palms -- Cuba -- 1950-1960
Spatial Coverage:
Cuba -- Caribbean region -- Mantanzas


General Note:
The slides were taken on collecting trips sponsored by the William L. Bryant Foundation, where books, music and art indigenous to the regions were gathered. The are organized by geographical location.
General Note:
The Manacas Iznaga Tower is located in Valle de los Ingenios in Trinidad, Cuba, which was a major center for sugar mills. The tower stands approximately 45 feet tall and was used by the sugarcane plantation owner in order to keep watch over his slaves in the fields. It was built in 1816 and stands seven stories high. The ringing of the bell signified various messages, but mostly the beginning and end of the work day for the slaves in the sugar fields. A local legend states that the tower was built by Pedro and Alejo Iznaga to house Alejo's wife, who had been unfaithful to him. The photograph also shows the remains of the Iznaga plantation, as well as several Royal Palm trees and a Poinciana tree in the background.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Central Florida Libraries
Holding Location:
University of Central Florida
Rights Management:
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Resource Identifier:
Sheet 85: 17