Life in Castro's Cuba

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The Cuban city of Trinidad's oldest surviving church, the Nuestra Seqora de la Candelaria de la Popa, was built in the early 18th century. Today it is a ruin in need of restoration, but the site still offers a poignant reminder of the city's rich colonial heritage.

The conquistador Hernán Cortés used Trinidad as a base to launch his conquest of Mexico's Aztec peoples. Today tourists lounge on the city's Caribbean beaches and stroll its cobblestone streets.

Three major players in the town's 500-year history are found in this image, photographer David Alan Harvey said. "If you want to get symbolic in that part of the world, you've got the [Catholic] church, the Spanish horse, and the Africans" who provided labor to fuel Trinidad's sugar plantation era.

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