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

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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 all the Spanish colonial possessions, is situated at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico, 130 miles S. of Florida, from which it is separated by the Florida Strait. On the E. it is separated from Hayt by the Windward Passage, 48 miles wide; on the S., from Jamaica, by a portion of the Caribbean Sea, 90 miles across and on the W., from Yucatan, by the Yucatan Channel,180 miles wide. It is about a third larger than Hayti, and nearly five times the size of Jamaica. It extends from lon. 74° to near 85° W., and is 650 miles in length from B. to W.; greatest breadth, at Cape Cruz, 110 miles; average width, from 50 to 60 miles, while towards its W. extremity it does not exceed 30 miles. The extreme E. end of the island, Cape Maysi, is in lat. 20° 13' N, lon, 74° 'W', W., Cape San Antonio, in lat. 21° 15' N., lon. 84°57'1'. W.; and the island... Read MORE...

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

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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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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Cuba:
Havana:

Old Havana (Habana Vieja): Explore the historic heart of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with colorful buildings, charming squares, and cobblestone streets.

El Malecón: Take a leisurely stroll along Havana's iconic seaside promenade, especially beautiful at sunset.

Museum of the Revolution: Learn about Cuba's revolutionary history and see artifacts from the Cuban Revolution.

Havana Vieja: The Art of Transformation: Visit this unique art project in Old Havana that combines historical architecture with contemporary art installations.

Hemingway's Finca Vigía: Tour the former home of Ernest Hemingway, where he wrote some of his most famous works.

Fábrica de Arte Cubano: Experience Havana's thriving contemporary art scene at this converted factory turned art gallery, nightclub, and cultural center.

Trinidad:

Plaza Mayor: Explore the picturesque colonial square in Trinidad, surrounded by colorful buildings and historic landmarks.

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