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Local residents of Punta Brava cheered Fidel as the Caravan of Liberty passed through Pinar del Río. Photo: Archive

One of the oldest and best-known sections of Granma newspaper, “Today in History,” founded on March 14, 1992, arrives to Granma International’s website this Wednesday, and will bring our followers images and texts on different historical moments each week

This new section will feature largely unknown photos, that form part of Granma’s valuable Archive, which treasures a large part of the history of the Cuban Revolution. Our readers will also be able to enjoy previously published texts on related topics of interest.

This first instalment is dedicated to the province of Pinar del Río:

On January 17, 1959, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, leading the Caravan of Liberty, left Havana for the province of Pinar del Río.
As the Caravan passed through the towns of Punta Brava, Bauta and Guanajay, the people took to the streets to welcome the heroic guerrilla fighters of the Sierra Maestra.

In the afternoon, the Caravan arrived in Candelaria (today part of Artemisa province) and continued through San Cristóbal, Consolación del Sur and the San Diego de los Baños Park, in Los Palacios, where the local population gathered.

A truck was placed at the intersections of José Martí and Rafael Ferro Streets, in the city of Pinar del Río, to serve as an improvised podium.

From there, in the early evening, Fidel spoke to the people of Pinar del Río, who were overwhelmed with joy and happiness for the triumph of the Revolution.

Fidel leads the Caravan of Liberty toward Pinar del Río. An arch of wild cane with the July 26 Movement (M-26-7) flag welcome the Caravan in the town of Bauta. Photo: Archive
Fidel leads the Caravan of Liberty toward Pinar del Río, as it enters the town of Bauta. Photo:
Fidel leads the Caravan of Liberty toward Pinar del Río. View of Guanajay. Photo: Archive
Fidel leads the Caravan of Liberty toward Pinar del Río. Photo: Archive
Fidel leads the Caravan of Liberty toward Pinar del Río. Photo: Archive
Fidel leads the Caravan of Liberty toward Pinar del Río. An animated discussion with the people gathered in a local cafeteria. Photo: Archive
Fidel leads the Caravan of Liberty toward Pinar del Río. Here he speaks with local residents while drinking a soda. Photo: Archive
The Caravan of Liberty heads toward Pinar del Río Photo: Archive
Fidel leads the Caravan of Liberty toward Pinar del Río. Photo: Archive
Fidel leads the Caravan of Liberty toward Pinar del Río. Photo: Archive
Fidel leads the Caravan of Liberty toward Pinar del Río. Photo: Archive
Fidel leads the Caravan of Liberty toward Pinar del Río, as it enters the city. Photo: Archive
Fidel leads the Caravan of Liberty toward Pinar del Río, as it enters the city. Photo: Archive
The people of the city of Pinar del Río surround Fidel’s car. Photo: Archive