Cuba is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean that has an underlying 1,500 smaller islands. Much of the island of Cuba consists of fertile plains and gentle hills. Thick forests cover the mountainous regions of the southeast. Most Cubans are descended from the Spanish settlers or African slaves. Many share a love of sport, music, and dancing. Popular Cuban dances include the mambo, rumba, and cha-cha.
Discovered in 1492, Christopher Columbus claimed Cuba for Spain, which stayed in control until 1898. After years of unrest, Fulgencio Batista seized control in 1933 and ruled as a...More