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Cuba

Cuba, is the biggest island in the Caribbean. The nation of Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, consists of the main island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and several archipelagos. Havana is the capital of Cuba and its largest city, followed by Santiago de Cuba. To the north of Cuba lies the United States (150 km or 93 mi away) and the Bahamas, Mexico is to the west, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica are to the south, and Haiti and the Dominican Republic are to the southeast.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on what is now the island of Cuba and claimed it for the Kingdom of Spain. Cuba remained a colony of Spain until the Spanish–American War of 1898, after which it came briefly under the administration of the United States until gaining formal independence in 1902.
Its fragile democracy became increasingly dominated by radical politics, and while the Cuban Constitution of 1940 sought to strengthen its democratic system, the country came under the dictatorship of former president Fulgencio Batista in 1952, who intensified already rampant corruption, political repression and crippling economic regulations. Growing unrest and instability led to the ousting of Batista in January 1959 by the July 26 movement, which afterward established a new administration under Fidel Castro. By 1965, the country had developed into a single-party state under the revived Communist Party of Cuba, which holds power to date. Reference Wikipedia.
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Cuban Flag Pilar - Hemingway's Boat CUC - Convertible Pesos
Tobacco Leaves Railway Crossing Havana's Finest
Three Angels Stretch Lada Taxi Running Repairs
Purple Dress Red Moskvitch - Light-Red Licence-plate Jay-Walkers
Dance Exhibition 2 Galloping Home Stormy Evening
Le Taxi Mauve Masked Dancer Salsa Dancing
Dance Exhibition Hanging Out on the Malecon Water Games on the Malecon
Rush Hour - Main Square Salsa Dancers Cuban Taxi
Gregorio Fuentes - 'The' Old Man and the Sea Cashing-in on the Legend Bronze Busker
Pontiac Havana Dawn Cave Entrance
Fidel Lookalike Pumped Up Checkers
Cuban Cigar Chevrolet Modes of Transport
Brassed Off? Band on the Run Forgotten Era
Peppermint Taxi Dawn Fishing on the Malecon Seafood Salad
Traffic Jam Tricycle Taxi Goat Carriage
Pig's Head Dancing in the Midday Heat Vintage Downtown
Tobacco Drying House Biblioteca Marti Ritual Sacrifice 2
Ritual Sacrifice? Cigar Smoker Waiting for a Fare
Shining Through - Avenida Washington Bull Rider Modes of Transport
Two's Company Homeward Bound Surprise!
Running Repairs - Chevrolet Running Water Hard Stare
Dawn on the Malecon Local Cowboy Friendly Locals
Having a Laugh Rush-hour Hey, Photo Me?
Dance Exhibition 3 Proud Dad Buick Taxi
Memories Hey, Maestro ... what we gonna play? Toiling in the midday heat
Dance Exhibition 4 Che Guevara Mausoleum Rum Bottler
Fun & Games Granny looks Nervous Salsa Club
Running Repairs Malecon Sunset Surrender
Mean Green Machine Goat Mobile Three-Wheeler
Fun for all the Family