History of Cuba

The history of Cuba is characterised by one key theme: the struggle for freedom. Beginning with the pre-Colombian civilisations which resisted the Spanish conquest, the goal of freedom was taken up by landowners seeking independence from Spain in the 1800s, by Nationalists looking to curb U.S. influence in the early 20th Century, and by revolutionaries seeking to overthrow the corrupt dictatorship of General Batista in the 1950s. Reading about the turbulent history of this island will help you understand modern Cuba, from the crumbling buildings of Havana to the beautifully preserved vintage cars prowling the streets.

Pre-Columbian society in Cuba
Spanish conquest
Independence movement
Communism and the 1960s
1970s Soviet domination
1980s dissatisfaction and flight
1990s crisis and change
US pressure in the 1990s

Key figures in the history of Cuba
History of Cuba, Che Guevara
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
Argentine revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual and guerilla leader.

History of Cuba, Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro
Cuban revolutionary and former President of Cuba.

History of Cuba, Raul Castro
Raúl Castro
Cuban politician, revolutionary and current President of Cuba.

History of Cuba, General Batista
General Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President, military leader and dictator before being overthrown.

History of Cuba, José Martí
José Martí
Poet and key figure in the movement for independence from Spain.

History of Cuba Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar
Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar
Spanish conquistador and Govenor of Cuba.

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