The island of Cuba, one of the earliest discoveries of the great admiral, has been known to Europe since 1492,
and has borne, successively, the names of Juana, Fernandina, Santiago and Ave Maria, having found refuge
at last in the aboriginal appellation. Soon after its discovery by Columbus, it was colonized by Spaniards from
St. Domingo, but was considered mainly in the light of a military depôt, by the home government, in its
famous operations at that period in Mexico.