Artemisa Province is one of the two new provinces created from the former La Habana Province, whose creation was approved by the Cuban National Assembly on August 1, 2010, the other being Mayabeque Province. The new provinces came into existence on January 1, 2011.
Artemisa was the largest city and municipality of the former La Habana Province. The newly formed province combined the eight western municipalities of La Habana Province and three eastern municipalities of neighbouring province Pinar del Río (Bahía Honda, Candelaria and San Cristóbal). The capital and largest city are Artemisa (47,000 pop. in 2015).
The economy of the Artemisa province is based mainly on agriculture (fruits, potatoes, rice, vegetables, sugar cane) and industry of building materials (two cement factories), food processing industry and power plants. It contains the vital port of Mariel on the northern coast. The province is also essential in the military sector with the main Cuban Air Force base (San Antonio de Los Baños) the Western base of the Cuban Navy (Cabañas Bay) and the Military Academy (College) “Antonio Maceo” in Caimito.
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