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History of Cuba

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Visit Cuba. Discover its history. Learn about the people who lived there through stories, old newspaper articles, pictures, postcards and genealogy.

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Cuba is the largest of all islands in the Caribbean. The country also includes more than 4000 other much smaller islands and cays.

The capital and largest city of Cuba is Havana or "La Habana" in Spanish.

Cuba remained a Spanish colony until the Spanish-American War of 1898 when the country became part of the United States. This was only brief though, the country was given independence in 1902.

Sugar from sugar cane is the main crop grown in Cuba, followed by tobacco which is used in the making of hand-crafted cigars that are famous for being the finest cigars in the world.

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  • 1492 - The navigator Christopher Columbus claims Cuba for Spain.

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  • The Spanish began to create permanent settlements on the island of Hispaniola, east of Cuba, soon after Columbus' arrival in the Caribbean, but the coast of Cuba was not fully mapped until 1509, when Sebastián de Ocampo completed this task.


  • 1526 - Importing of slaves from Africa begins in Cuba

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  • 1700 - Cuba is part of the Spanish Empire


  • 1762 - Havana captured by a British force led by Admiral George Pocock and Lord Albemarle.

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  • 1763 - Havana returned to Spain by the Treaty of Paris.

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  • 1886 - Slavery abolished in Cuba

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  • 1895 - Cuba
    Cuba, kü'ba (Sp. pron, koo'bā), an island in the Carib. bean Sea, belonging to Spain, the largest of the West Indian group, and the most important of ...Read MORE...


  • 1895-98 - Jose Marti leads a second war of independence; US declares war on Spain.

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  • 1898 - U.S. battleship, Maine, blows up in Havana Harbor, Cuba, igniting the Spanish-American war.

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1898 - US defeats Spain, which gives up all claims to Cuba and cedes it to the US.

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  • 1900 - Population of Cuba - 1,600,000


  • 1902 - Cuba becomes independent with Tomas Estrada Palma as its president; however, the Platt Amendment keeps the island under US protection and gives the US the right to intervene in Cuban affairs.

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  • 1925 - Socialist Party founded, forming the basis of the Communist Party in Cuba

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  • 1934 - The US abandons its right to intervene in Cuba's internal affairs, revises Cuba's sugar quota and changes tariffs to favour Cuba.

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  • 1492 - The navigator Christopher Columbus claims Cuba for Spain.

    www.bbc.com
  • The Spanish began to create permanent settlements on the island of Hispaniola, east of Cuba, soon after Columbus' arrival in the Caribbean, but the coast of Cuba was not fully mapped until 1509, when Sebastián de Ocampo completed this task.
  • 1526 - Importing of slaves from Africa begins in Cuba

    www.bbc.com
  • 1700 - Cuba is part of the Spanish Empire
  • 1762 - Havana captured by a British force led by Admiral George Pocock and Lord Albemarle.

    www.bbc.com
  • 1763 - Havana returned to Spain by the Treaty of Paris.

    www.bbc.com
  • 1886 - Slavery abolished in Cuba

    www.bbc.com
  • 1895-98 - Jose Marti leads a second war of independence; US declares war on Spain.

    www.bbc.com
  • 1895 - Cuba
    Cuba, kü'ba (Sp. pron, koo'bā), an island in the Carib. bean Sea, belonging to Spain, the largest of the West Indian group, and the most important of ... Read MORE...

  • 1898 - U.S. battleship, Maine, blows up in Havana Harbor, Cuba, igniting the Spanish-American war.

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • 1898 - US defeats Spain, which gives up all claims to Cuba and cedes it to the US.

    www.bbc.com
  • 1900 - Population of Cuba - 1,600,000
  • 1902 - Cuba becomes independent with Tomas Estrada Palma as its president; however, the Platt Amendment keeps the island under US protection and gives the US the right to intervene in Cuban affairs.

    www.bbc.com
  • 1925 - Socialist Party founded, forming the basis of the Communist Party in Cuba

    www.bbc.com
  • 1934 - The US abandons its right to intervene in Cuba's internal affairs, revises Cuba's sugar quota and changes tariffs to favour Cuba.

    www.bbc.com

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