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  1. 1. By: Maria Vassilakis History 141 Professor ArguelloDecember 15, 2011
  2. 2.  Cuba is an island nation in the Caribbean. Cuba consists of it’s main land, Isla de la Juventud and then several archipelagos. Havana is the largest city in Cuba and is their nation’s capital. To the north of Cuba is the US, the Bahamas, and Mexico to the west. Cuba is home to over 11 million people and is the most populous island in the Caribbean. Cuba has a 99.8% literacy rate and an infant death rate lower than some developed countries.
  3. 3.  In 1942, Christopher Columbus landed Fidel Castro and people in Cuba. He claimed the island the new Kingdom of Spain. of the East. From 1868, Independence form Spain was their motive. Finally on May 20, 1902, Cuba gained it’s independence from the US, as the “Republic of Cuba.” “Cuba had Latin Americas highest per capita consumption rates of meat, vegetables, cereals, automobiles, telephones and radios, though this consumption was largely by the small elite class and foreigners.” In 1952, Fidel Castro entered Cuba with all of his forces. He was a communist and the Cuban government turned for the worst. He had a long rule and finally in 2008, Castro announced his resignation as President of Cuba.
  4. 4.  Cuba jets out to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the 16th largest island in the world by land area. The land consists of mostly flat to rolling plains from the Sierra Maestra mountains. The local climate is tropical and has a drier season from November to April. Cuba is prone to hurricanes because it is right at the entrance of the Gulf of Mexico.
  5. 5.  According to the 2002 census, the population of Cuba was 11,177,743. Cuba consists of mixed races such as, whites, blacks, and mulattoes and has a vast variety of mixed intermarriages. People of African decent is said to consist of about 60% of the population. Immigration and emigration is said to have played a part in the demographic of Cuba in the 20th century. The language of Cuba is Spanish. Haitian Creole is the second largest language in Cuba.