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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 Goat Carriage Running Repairs Purple Dress Dance Exhibition 2
Jay-Walkers Red Moskvitch - Light-Red Licence-plate Galloping Home Masked Dancer Salsa Dancing Stormy Evening
Dance Exhibition Le Taxi Mauve Hanging Out on the Malecon Rush Hour - Main Square Water Games on the Malecon Salsa Dancers
Cuban Taxi Gregorio Fuentes - 'The' Old Man and the Sea Pumped Up Pontiac Bronze Busker When's my turn?
Cashing-in on the Legend Havana Dawn Cave Entrance Chevrolet Fidel Lookalike Modes of Transport
Cuban Cigar Brassed Off? Band on the Run Dawn Fishing on the Malecon Forgotten Era Peppermint Taxi
Seafood Salad Traffic Jam Pig's Head Dancing in the Midday Heat Tricycle Taxi Vintage Downtown
Biblioteca Marti Ritual Sacrifice? Cigar Smoker Tobacco Drying House Waiting for a Fare Ritual Sacrifice 2
Bull Rider Modes of Transport Two's Company Shining Through - Avenida Washington Homeward Bound Running Repairs - Chevrolet
Surprise! Friendly Locals Running Water Hard Stare Local Cowboy Dawn on the Malecon
Buick Taxi Having a Laugh Proud Dad Dance Exhibition 3 Rush-hour Hey, Photo Me?
Dance Exhibition 4 Hey Maestro! Memories Che Guevara Mausoleum Toiling in the midday heat Granny looks Nervous
Rum Bottler Fun & Games Mean Green Machine Running Repairs Salsa Club Surrender
Goat Mobile Malecon Sunset Three-Wheeler Fun for all the Family