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Christopher Columbus landed on Cuba during his first voyage (October 28, 1492) and originally called the island Juana.
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La Habana - Havana
Havana, the capital of Cuba, is the largest city in the West Indies.
On the northern coast of the island, the port of Havana is situated on one of the safest harbours in the world; less than 100 miles from Key West.
Havana's 16th-century Fort Morro is in good condition and affords a wonderful view of the city.
Although there are many shortages in Havana, due to the US trade embargo, it's still one of the most interesting places to visit in Latin America.
Another old fortress, that was built to protect the Havana approach, is Castillo de la Punta; on the western side of the strait.
The old city, with its narrow, crooked streets, and historic landmarks is near the inner entrance to the harbour. You can even have a drink in Ernest Hemmingway's favourite bar; if you don't mind sitting shoulder to shoulder with tour groups in straw hats.
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception dates from 1656. You should also visit the former palace of the colonial governors; now the City Hall. It was completed in 1792 and is an excellent example of Spanish colonial architecture.
The city post office dates from 1575 and was once the Church of San Francisco.
The main boulevard is the Paseo de Marti, or Prado, while the Avenida del Puerto extends along the edge of the bay, for cooling breezes on a humid evening.
If you're travelling in Mexico, one of the best ways to visit Cuba is to fly in from Merida.
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Santiago de Cuba
Situated in the south-east of the island, Santiago de Cuba was founded by Diego Velazquez in 1514.
As a result of the war, the US emerged as a major power with foreign interests, and Spain concentrated more on affairs at home.
The first uprising against Batista occurred on July 26, 1953, when forces loyal to a young lawyer named Fidel Castro attempted an attack on the Moncada army barracks in Santiago.
The uprising was crushed, but in the late 1950's Fidel formed the July 26th movement and slowly gathered the support needed to overthrow the increasingly unpopular Batista.
Carnival in Cuba is celebrated in July, to commemorate the Revolution.
Through an agreement signed with Cuba in 1903, the United States obtained the right to maintain a naval base at Guantanamo Bay, in south-eastern Cuba; Bahia de Guantanamo in Spanish.
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