In 1494, Christopher Columbus anchored in its bay and named it Jagua port, but it was not until 1819 that the city was actually founded by Jean-Louis Laurent de Clouet, a French soldier of Bordeaux origin, who emigrated from Louisiana. Its name was changed in 1830 in honor of the general captain of the island, Don José Cienfuegos, who favored its founding and the immigration of French colonists, whose influence is still significant in its architecture and traditions.
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