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Shortly after the founding of Cuba's first cities, the island served as little more than a base for the Conquista of other lands.
Such attacks convinced the Spanish Crown to fund the construction of the first fortresses in the main cities — not only to counteract the pirates and corsairs, but also to exert more control over commerce with the West Indies, and to limit the extensive contrabando (black market) that had arisen due to the trade restrictions imposed by the Casa de Contratación of Seville (the crown-controlled trading house that held a monopoly on New World trade).However, an early map of Cuba drawn in 1514 places the town at the mouth of this river.Between 15 the Spanish established at least two different settlements on the north coast, one of them in La Chorrera, today in the neighborhoods of Vedado and Miramar, next to the Almendares River.The British immediately opened up trade with their North American and Caribbean colonies, causing a rapid transformation of Cuban society.Less than a year after Havana was seized, the Peace of Paris was signed by the three warring powers thus ending the Seven Years' War.The city was captured by the British during the Seven Years' War.
The episode began on June 6, 1762, when at dawn, a British fleet, comprising more than 50 ships and a combined force of over 11,000 men of the Royal Navy and Army, sailed into Cuban waters and made an amphibious landing east of Havana.
On December 20, 1592, King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the title of City.
Later on, the city would be officially designated as "Key to the New World and Rampart of the West Indies" by the Spanish Crown.
The town that became Havana finally originated adjacent to what was then called Puerto de Carenas (literally, "Careening Bay"), in 1519.
The quality of this natural bay, which now hosts Havana's harbor, warranted this change of location.
The city extends mostly westward and southward from the bay, which is entered through a narrow inlet and which divides into three main harbours: Marimelena, Guanabacoa and Atarés.