The History of Cuba

Cuba is a beautiful country, full of diverse people, cities and items. Through the use of a little understanding of the history of the country, you’re better able to get along with the other people throughout the country. Their culture is a deep one, and with roots going as far back as anyone can remember, many families tell stories of their times of the past. Through the use of this information, you can have an appreciation of the culture, and people throughout this country that welcomes one and all.


Early Beginnings

Cuba was inhabited by many different Mesoamerican cultures in the past. As early as 3100 BC, many indigenous people were known to settle here, and most of them settled in Levisa, which is now used as an archeologist site. These people lived throughout the country together, randomly trading and going to war as they please. Many of these people would move from place to place on the large island, essentially getting away from other tribes and weather conditions that would force them out of their original homes. These people had everything that they needed for sustaining life on the island, and would hunt for meat, grow crops such as maize, sweet potatoes, tobacco and cotton.


Christopher Columbus, a Spanish explorer, was the first outsider to discover this land in 1492. During this time, Cuba was known as a Spanish colony, ruled by a governor and the heart of the operation was located in Havana. However, upon their settlement to the new country, they were greeted rudely and with much resistance by these inhabitants that did not want them to take over their land. This caused a lot of war, rage and fallen people throughout the entire country. In addition to this, many of the indigenous people became sick with diseases that the Spanish brought over with them such as smallpox and the measles.


Moving Onto Creating Cuba

During 1762, Great Britain came and occupied Havana briefly before they exchanged their territory for Florida. Rebellions that came about throughout the 19th century never ended the Spanish rule, and they continued to govern over Cuba.

However, due to the Spanish-American war that raged, the Spanish decided to withdrawal from Cuba and it became it’s own independent island in 1902, after the Spanish left in 1898. Throughout the years after gaining independence, the country has seen significant improvements throughout. It provides crops and goods, trades to other countries and has developed numerous businesses and markets.


Current Developments

There has also been the fair share of corruption and succession throughout the years. Led by the Castro brothers over the years, the country is ran as a socialist state, through a Communist Party. The country has been economically, and politically cut off to the United States for years, but continues to forge new bonds with other countries, while also gaining access to many commerce and travel options in foreign places.

As far as the country is concerned, they continue to work on their normalization of diplomatic relations, and domestic reforms for the economy are being put together to bring the country back and working with others, in order to better the state of the economy and those that currently live within it. Though, there is much debate on becoming partners with the United States, currently this is still being worked on and sought out through the leaders of each of the countries in question.

Cuba has come a long way throughout the years, having a deeper rooted history than many countries in the world. Through their long battles, and the ability to become independent and on their own; they have proved that they can stand strong in the face of problems that come up in front of them. In addition to this, the country always welcomes visitors from other countries and want to show them their way, or culture. The people of Cuba are proud of their history and of who they are, while they work to piece the economy back together piece by piece.

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