Diego Velazquez de Cuellar (Civ4Col)

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Diego Velazquez de Cuellar
Diego Velazquez de Cuellar (Civ4Col)
Type Military
Political Points:
273 Pilgrim
409 Pioneer
455 Explorer
500 Conquistador
521 Governor
546 Patriot
567 Revolutionary
Military Points:
156 Pilgrim
234 Pioneer
260 Explorer
286 Conquistador
298 Governor
312 Patriot
324 Revolutionary

Provides 3 Indentured Servants.

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Lived: 1465-1524

Diego Velazquez de Cuellar was the Spanish founder of Havana and the leader of the colonization of Cuba. Among those who accompanied Columbus on his second voyage to the west, de Cuellar made a prominent name for himself as the leader of Santo Domingo, where he made his fortunes. Setting off to expand the Spanish claim, with Hernan Cortes at his side, de Cuellar made landfall on the east end of Cuba, creating the settlement of "Asuncion de Baracoa." Pushing further inland, de Ceullar and his warriors easily put down any resistance from the natives. With much of the native population killed or enslaved, de Ceullar began to found numerous towns throughout Cuba, including Havana on Cuba's highly fertile western end. And while their discovery by Columbus had been noted already by those in power, the Taino creation of cigars would soon make this island world renowned for the caliber of its tobacconists.