Cuba et al. Caribbean islands in 40 historical maps
The origin of the name Cuba is uncertain. Most likely it is means Taino cubao (“abundant fertile land” or coabana (“great place”). On early maps of Cuba and other Caribbean islands they were called the West Indies by European cartographers. This in contrast to the East Indies of present-day SE Asia. The region appeared for the first time on the manuscript map of Juan de la Cosa (1500), who had sailed to the West together with Columbus, and the Cantino world map (1502). On the map of Ribero (1529) the coastlines are depicted remarkably accurate. The first separately printed maps were published at the end of the 16th century. The capital city Havana dates back to the 16th century. Being an important sea port it was founded in 1515 by Diego Velázquez.*
*NOTE: Cuba was discovered by Columbus (1492), but only concurred on the native Indians by Velásquez in 1511.