Essay about The Republic Of Cuba

1782 Words Dec 12th, 2016 8 Pages
All About Cuba

The Republic of Cuba is a gorgeous island location just 90 miles south of Key West, Florida. It’s home to some of the most beautiful art, history, and colonial charm in all of the Caribbean. In fact, Cuba is the largest Caribbean island spanning over 42,800 square miles, making it just a bit smaller than Pennsylvania. Cuba is the second most populous country in the Caribbean with just over 11 million inhabitants. Cuba’s capital, Havana, is the most populated city in Cuba with over 2.1 million residents. The name Cuba comes from the Taíno language; however the exact meaning of the name is unclear but it may be translated either as "where fertile land is abundant" (cubao), or "great place" (coabana).
Before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, Cuba was inhabited with three distinct American tribes: the Taino, the Guanajatabey, and the Ciboney people. Since this dates back before people kept records of populations or maps, there is not a lot of data on these tribes nd how they interacted with each other. Once the Spanish colonized Cuba, records were meticulously kept. After first landing on an island then called Guanahani, Bahamas, on Ocotber 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus commanded his three ships: La Pinta, La Niña and the Santa María, to land on Cuba 's northeastern coast on October 28, 1492. Once these ships landed, Columbus declared Cuba a new island for the new Kingdom of Spain. Soon after the European settlers landed, diseases broke out…

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