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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A fort at the entrance to the harbor of Havana, Cuba. Built by the Spanish (1589-1597) to protect the city from buccaneers, it was captured by the British in 1762 and bombarded by American forces during the Spanish-American War (1898).


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  • At the stroke of midnight in Cuba, state television broadcast images of troops at Havana's Morro Castle fort firing 21 salvos of a cannon in honor of the 52d anniversary of former President Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution.

    Millions gather worldwide to ring in 2011

  • The United States feared the spy ship, which patrolled so close to shore that its sailors could see Havanas famed Morro Castle, might create a flashpoint for a larger conflict.

    The Attack on the Liberty

  • Of these three, the first to capture the headlines was the Morro Castle.

    Chaplin’s Girl

  • Memories of the Morro Castle disaster were unpleasantly revived, only four months later, when another Ward Line ship, the Havana, ran aground in January 1935.

    Chaplin’s Girl

  • La Cabaña was a military fortress that sat across the bay from the city, situated right next to the Morro Castle—both the most beautiful and emblematic buildings of colonial times, built to protect the entrance to the bay and defend the city of La Habana.

    Havana Salsa

  • It was October, the sun shone gloriously but the nights cool, the city and its dramatic waterfront with the surf crashing, men angling and boys swimming off the Malecon, lovely and beckoning the Morro Castle loomed splendid across the harbor, the people friendly and at least reasonably prosperous.

    Cuba Before Fidel

  • LUCIA NEWMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The waves nearly reached the top of Havana's Morro Castle lighthouse.

    CNN Transcript Oct 24, 2005

  • One day General Lawton, General Wood and I, with Ferguson and poor Tiffany, went down the bay to visit Morro Castle.

    The Rough Riders

  • Morro Castle, which wag one of the first fortresses to be built.


  • It was to be called the Guira Hacienda, but the truth is it had a name, at any rate, like the Morro Castle, and we are not going to change it.



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