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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Yara cinema and 1950's
Yara cinema and 1950's Buick...
Building architecture
Building architecture...
Building architecture
Building architecture...
Building architecture
Building architecture...
Building restoration
Building restoration...
Museo de la Revolucion
Museo de la Revolucion...
Classic car
Classic car...
Hotel Sevilla
Hotel Sevilla...
Wall art
Wall art...
Wall graffiti
Wall graffiti...
Horse carriage
Horse carriage...
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Cuba - city boys
Cuba - city boys...
Cuba - bus to the countryside
Cuba - bus to the countryside...
Cuba - banana plantation
Cuba - banana plantation...
Cuba - mountains in the middle of the island
Cuba - mountains in the middle of the island...
Cuba - mountains and farms in central Cuba
Cuba - mountains and farms in central Cuba...
Cuba - sugar cane fields
Cuba - sugar cane fields...
Cuba - rocks laid out in a field (?)
Cuba - rocks laid out in a field (?)...
Cuba - south coast looking toward the Caribbean
Cuba - south coast looking toward the Caribbean...
Cuba - south coast looking toward the Caribbean
Cuba - south coast looking toward the Caribbean...
Cuba - south coast village of Trinidad
Cuba - south coast village of Trinidad...
Cuba - church in south coast village of Trinidad
Cuba - church in south coast village of Trinidad...
Cuba - central plaza in south coast village of Trinidad
Cuba - central plaza in south coast village of Trinidad...
Cuba - historic Spanish interior design
Cuba - historic Spanish interior design...
Cuba - interior courtyard in need of repair
Cuba - interior courtyard in need of repair...
Cuba - overlooking plaza and church  in south coast village
Cuba - overlooking plaza and church in south coast village ...
Cuba - overlooking plaza and church  in south coast village
Cuba - overlooking plaza and church in south coast village ...
Cuba - village street in Trinidad
Cuba - village street in Trinidad...
Cuba - souvenir crafts for sale in Trinidad
Cuba - souvenir crafts for sale in Trinidad...
Cuba - back street in Trinidad
Cuba - back street in Trinidad...
Cuba - entry to cemetery in Trinidad
Cuba - entry to cemetery in Trinidad...
Cuba - Trinidad cafe
Cuba - Trinidad cafe...
Cuba - south coast and Caribbean Sea
Cuba - south coast and Caribbean Sea...
Cuba - rural farm
Cuba - rural farm...
Cuba - architectural details
Cuba - architectural details...
Cuba - rural scene
Cuba - rural scene...
Cuba - little used railroad, for cargo and crops only
Cuba - little used railroad, for cargo and crops only...
Cuba - boy and his bike
Cuba - boy and his bike...
Cuba - private garden for market produce
Cuba - private garden for market produce...
Cuba - private transportation supplements public transport
Cuba - private transportation supplements public transport...
Cuba - boys along the malacon in Havana
Cuba - boys along the malacon in Havana...
Cuba - boys along the Malecon in Havana
Cuba - boys along the Malecon in Havana...
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Cuba - primitive painting
Cuba - primitive painting...
Cuba - tourist poster
Cuba - tourist poster...