The Architecture of Early Urbanization


The Coat of Arms of Havana; 1665

The question to consider: How does the Havana coat of arms, granted to the city in 1592 by King Philip II of Spain, reflect the processes of early urbanization in Colonial Havana? In examining the development of Havana’s fortresses, the impact of Philip II’s Law of the Indies, and finally, the Havana plaza complex, how can the coat of arms encapsulate sixteenth-century urban growth in the colonial city?

See the drop down menus from “The Architecture of Early Urbanization” to navigate through pages detailing the fortification of Havana, the Laws of the Indies, and the plaza complex.