Cuba


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Cuban Flag
Map of Cuba
Cuban Misssile Crisis
Cuban Revolution
Bay of Pigs
A Day in the Life
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Tyrant/Government
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Overview:

Native Americans lived in Cuba for hundreds of years before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Their population then began to drop dramatically as they were used for working the land for Spain. African Americans were also brought over to Cuba to work as slaves. Spanish rule became very harsh which led to many revolts early on, but they were always put down shortly after they started. It was not until 1898 that the Americans helped Cuba gain independence from Spain. It was not until 1959 that Fidel Castro led a revolt and gained power over the country. He ruled within a communist government and only recently stepped down and handed over power to his brother Raoul Castro.


Cuba is about the size of Pennsylvania and has a tropical climate with mountainous and hill strewn landscape. It also has many natural resources including oil, salt, and timber. Its primary language is Spanish and its biggest holiday is held on May 20, which is Independence Day for them. The other national holidays are on January 1st and February 24th which is the national holiday and the day celebrating their constitution respectively. They have a struggling economy and an oppressive government that denies citizens many basic rights. Citizens of Cuba were only recently granted the privilege to own a cell phone. Cuba is still a country looking to become a dominant power in the world, but it needs major reforms and a better government that allows more freedoms and a free economy to take its first step in the right direction.