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city, west-central Cuba. Situated on the southeastern shore of La Habana Bay, Regla was a centre for smuggling activities in the 19th century. It is now an industrial suburb of Havana, with which it is linked by ferry as well as by land. Its foundries, petroleum refineries, shipyards, docks, and warehouses suggest its importance as both port and railhead. Manufactures include shoes, soap, foods, and soft drinks. Regla is also an important centre for the practice of Santeria, a religious tradition of African origin. Pop. (2002) 44,450.