Because of the isolation of the eastern part of the island, the dangers from pirates, and the important considerations which had caused Santiago de Cuba (q.v.) to be the first capital of the island, Cuba was divided in 1607 into two departments, and a governor, subordinate in military matters to the captain-general at Havana, was appointed to rule the territory east of Puerto Principe.
The other tobacco-producing provinces in order of importance are Havana, Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba.
of Santiago de Cuba.
In the same year the residence of the governor of the island was moved from Santiago de Cuba to Havana.
The command of the fleet off Santiago de Cuba was taken from Schley by Acting Rear-Admiral W.