National Geographic : 1947 Jan
© National Geographic Society Kodachrome by Melville Bell Grosvenor On His First Voyage Columbus Put into Baracoa. "A Most Singular Harbor-Like a Porringer-with aMountain Lofty and Square" So glowing was his description of this harbor with its table-top mountain, El Yunque (The Anvil), that Velasquezpicked itforhisfirst Cuban settlement in1512. Columbus saw 70-foot war canoes moored here under palm-thatched boathouses. Today it is a banana and coconut port, isolated except byairplane and ship.