About National Geographic Countries of the World: Cuba
Take a look at one of America’s neighbors, an island of rich cultures from several sources: Spanish colonialism, African slavery, and proximity to the US.
A large number of Cuban exiles reside in the US, with a high concentration of expatriate Cuban communities in the state of Florida. Christopher Columbus sighted the island on his first voyage and claimed it for Spain. The Republic of Cuba gained independence in 1902. Fidel Castro gained power in 1959, declaring it a socialist republic in 1961.
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Jen Green received a doctorate from the University of Sussex in 1982. She worked in publishing for 15 years and is now a full-time author who has written more than 150 books for children on art, natural history, geography, the… More about Jen Green