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History about Cuba

In 1478, Spain's King Ferdinand V and Queen Isabella asked permission to begin Spanish Inquisition. On October 29, 1492, Christopher Columbus lands in Cuba and claims the island for Spain.

On February 23, 1895, a Cuban revolution came under the leadership of Jose Marti. Marti had long warned US interest in Cuba and in 1898 he was proven correct. The US, under law, could not annex Cuba as it had other countries.  Instead, they put in their own men and worked from the inside. By the 1920's, US businesses owned two-thirds of the farmland in Cuba and were imposing taxes upon the Cuban people. In 1933, army sergeant Fulgencio Batista seized power. Over the next 20 years, Cuba crumbled. Monies were continually turned over to foreign relationships. Batista fled Cuba and Cuba was then turned over to Fidel Castro. Castro was named Prime Minister and began rebuilding the economy and relations. Castro deterioated relations with the US and built up relations with the USSR. Castro had nuclear bombs shipped to and from Cuba.

Castro is said to be a vicious leader. He lets his people have little and provides them with nothing. Castro is still the leader today and has made Cuba a major Communist nation.

Jose Marti

Did you know? The October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis is said to be the closest the world has ever come to a nuclear war.