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.