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Why is this Cuban city built like a maze?

Map of Camaguëy, Cuba: a peculiar exception to colonial urbanism.

Footnote by the Bearhole Geographic staff – Colonial cities tend to have one thing in common: their primary urban planning is extremely straightforward. A central square, a big church, and a range of parallel streets.

However, the city of Camagüey in central Cuba forms a peculiar exception. Its streets are deliberately built in a curvy, confusing way, like an actual maze. The reason? Making sure plundering pirates lose their way without stealing the town’s treasuries. 

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