Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years (circa 1511-1898).
Its economy was based on plantation agriculture, mining and the export of sugar, coffee and tobacco to Europe and later to North America. The political and military history of Cuba in the 19th and 20th centuries has been tumultuous.

On December 2, 1956 a party of 82 revolutionaries, led by Fidel Castro, landed in a yacht named Granma with the intention of establishing an armed resistance movement in the Sierra Maestra. The yacht had come from Mexico, where Castro had been exiled and where his army was strengthened with the help of Ernesto Che Guevara, who became one of the most important people in the Cuban revolution and one of Castro’s closest allies.



Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista launched a campaign of repression against the opposition, which only served to increase support for the insurgency and the army lacked the leadership and will to fight the insurgents. Castro’s rebel forces entered the capital on January 8, 1959 and Castro became prime minister of Cuba in February 1959.

On February 19, 2008 Fidel Castro announced that he was resigning as President of Cuba. On February 24, 2008 Raúl Castro was elected as the new President of Cuba. In his acceptance speech, Raúl Castro promised that some of the restrictions that limit Cubans’ daily lives would be removed; according to an official memo, a ban on the purchase of computers, DVD players and microwaves was lifted. Fidel died November 25, 2016.

The photos in this gallery were taken on an easy stroll around Havana.

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Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
National Capitol
National Capitol...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Grand Theatre
Grand Theatre...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Grand Theatre
Grand Theatre...
Coco-taxis' and '56 Chevy
Coco-taxis' and '56 Chevy...
Hotel National
Hotel National...
Huge tractor-trailor bus--carries countless people
Huge tractor-trailor bus--carries countless people...
Yara cinema
Yara cinema...
Famous Coppelia ice cream parlor
Famous Coppelia ice cream parlor...
1956 Studebaker with Hotel Habana Libra in background
1956 Studebaker with Hotel Habana Libra in background...
1950's Buick
1950's Buick...
Yara Cinema
Yara Cinema...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Statue of Antonio Maceo
Statue of Antonio Maceo...
Statue of Antonio Maceo
Statue of Antonio Maceo...
Museo de la Revolucion
Museo de la Revolucion...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Pavillion Granma - houses Castro's 'liberation' boat of 1956
Pavillion Granma - houses Castro's 'liberation' boat of 1956...
Pavillion Granma - exterior 'liberation' equipment
Pavillion Granma - exterior 'liberation' equipment...
1950's Dodge and Chevrolet
1950's Dodge and Chevrolet...
Fine Arts Museum entry sculpture
Fine Arts Museum entry sculpture...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cathedral of San Cristobal
Cathedral of San Cristobal...
Statue of Jose Marti
Statue of Jose Marti...
Old fort
Old fort...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Along the Malecon
Along the Malecon...
Along the Malecon
Along the Malecon...
Along the Malecon
Along the Malecon...
Along the Malecon
Along the Malecon...
Along the Malecon
Along the Malecon...
Along the Malecon
Along the Malecon...
Along the Malecon
Along the Malecon...
Along the Malecon
Along the Malecon...
Along the Malecon
Along the Malecon...
University of Havana
University of Havana...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Chinese sector
Chinese sector...
Downtown race for charity
Downtown race for charity...
Downtown race for charity
Downtown race for charity...
Police inspecting ID papers of teens (police on every corner)
Police inspecting ID papers of teens (police on every corner...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 years
Cuba, Havana Cuba was in Spanish possession for almost 400 y...
Local bus
Local bus...