Santa Clara was the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in late 1958. There were two guerrilla columns that attacked the city, one led by Ernesto Che Guevara and the other led by Camilo Cienfuegos. Guevara's column first captured the garrison at Fomento. Then, using a bulldozer, Guevara's soldiers destroyed railroad tracks and derailed a train full of troops and supplies sent by Batista. At the same time, Cienfuegos's column defeated an army garrison at the Battle of Yaguajay not far from town. On December 31, 1958, the combined forces of Guevara and Cienfuegos attacked Santa Clara. The battle was chaotic, the defenders were demoralized, some fought, others surrendered without a shot. By the afternoon, the city was captured. This victory for Castro's troops is seen as the decisive moment in the Cuban Revolution as Batista fled Cuba less than 12 hours later. Klipp
Vognene står etterlatt og er nå blitt museum og galleri.
Både jernbanen og motorveien er lite brukt.
Det var en ide om at motorveien i nødstilfeller kunne brukes som rullebane!
Etter å ha vært på Cuba og sett elendigheten som rår, er jeg sterkt i tvil om revolusjonen var det rette for folket. Målet helliger ikke midlet. Ideologien er en sak, praksis en annen.