Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Generación Y – Cuba’s oddball Y Generation of Child Names

 
As a resident of Havana, Cuba’s glorious capital, Yanitse Garcia has toiled for three decades correcting people on the pronunciation and spelling of her name. 
 
So when she had her first child, Garcia naturally decided to save her daughter a lifetime of misery by choosing a simple name that everyone understand and which flows off the [...]

Autentica Cuba | Tales of corruption, fraud & scams

 
Behind the polished image of Cuba´s MINTUR (ministry of tourism) and their recent Autentica Cuba campaign lurks a sinister black market, or so we are told.
 
Seldom do professionals from the travel industry in Cuba speak out and, less so when they are foreign travel professionals located on the island. Historically, fearful of government reprisals, many [...]

Pope Visit to Cuba | another dose of temporary faith?

 
Tomorrow the Pope will once again speak in Cuba. For you non religious types, no, it’s no longer Pope John Paul II, who blessed Cuba 14 years ago in 1998. This time, Pope Benedict once again takes the churches blessing back to an unchanged Cuba this week but, is this visit nothing more than another [...]

Alan Gross Trial in Cuba - The side show with an unlikely outcome

This case has received a great amount of press over the past year, reaching fever pitch this week. With the trial now over, there are certain points worth taking note of that will probably decide the outcome for Mr. Gross.
 
Both Governor Bill Richardson and Hillary Rodham Clinton have stated that they would consider the release [...]

From Miraflores with love

CARACAS, Venezuela
President Hugo Chavez has turned to his friends in Cuba for help in tackling Venezuela’s energy crisis, drawing criticism Wednesday from opponents who say that the communist-led island is notorious for its own electricity woes.
The socialist leader announced that Cuban Vice President Ramiro Valdes had arrived on Tuesday to head a Cuban team [...]

Bayamo History

San Salvador de Bayamo is the second of the seven villages founded by Diego Velázquez. The area, where an indigenous community once settled down next to the shores of a river was finally established on November 5 th,1513.
By the end of 1514, the unhappy colonizers with the houses already taken on their own moved their [...]

Guantánamo History

In the year 1796 was founded the town of Santa Catalina de Guantánamo.
When the Spaniards arrived, the region was inhabited by the Taino Amerindians. The [...]

Isla de La Juventud History

This island, the largest of the Canarreos archipelago, was discovered by Admiral Christopher Columbus in 1494. During several centuries [...]

Santiago de Cuba History

The homonym capital city of the Santiago de Cuba province was founded by Diego Velázquez in 1515, by the mouth of river Paradas, [...]

Granma History

Bayamo, the capital of Granma was founded in 1513. It was the second village founded in Cuba an was [...]

Holguín History

By the port of Bariay, today within the limits of this province, the Great Admiral Christopher Columbus disembarked on October 1492, thus beginning, with the [...]

Las Tunas History

Several stories have been weaved around the founding of this province. Some speak of the arrival of Alonso de Ojeda to the aboriginal village of Cueybá after having wrecked in 1510. He wandered along the coastal marshland carrying an image of Virgin Mary that he rescued from the wreckage. The first village he encountered was [...]

Camagüey History

Named Santa María del Puerto Príncipe by the colonizers in 1515, Camagüey was one of the first villages [...]

Ciego de Ávila History

Ciego de Ávila is located in a plain of approximately 6900 sq km (2664 sq mi) of extension. Cattle, sugar cane, and vegetable products [...]

Sancti Spíritus History

Sancti Spíritus was one of the first seven towns founded by Spanish conqueror Diego Velázquez in the island. After [...]

Cienfuegos History

During the Ten-Year War (1868-1878), Cienfuegos patriots massively joined, since 1869, the Liberation Army and carried out numberless actions along the [...]

Villa Clara History

Founded on July 15,1689 by former inhabitants of the coastal village of San Juan de los Remedios who were getting away [...]

Matanzas History

There are several different versions about the origin of the province’s name, which is Spanish for “massacres”. [...]

Pinar del Río History

This region was named Nueva Filipinas (New Philippines) about half of the decade of 1770 and it was not until 1778 that the region acquired its definitive name.
The economical development of this region was mostly based on the tobacco crops. That is the reason why the population from the westernmost region of the province was [...]

Havana City History

In 1512, after two previous settlements, the town of San Cristóbal de La Habana was finally established [...]

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