Culture, Nation And Social Cohesions : A Scrutiny Of Revolutionary Cuba

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The article, “Culture, Nation and Social Cohesions: A Scrutiny of Revolutionary Cuba” by Kronenberg (2008), first talks about the development and character of Cuban national culture: Cuba’s original people. The author discusses the historical events that occurred in Cuba and how those historic events has shaped Cuba’s culture. He talks about the original tribes that were on Cuba’s land for decades, which were Taino and Siboney Amerindian tribes. They were originally one of the first groups to help shape the Cuban culture. After a while, Spanish invaders came to Cuba and took over the land and established their own set of rules and traditions. This is how Cuba got its mixture of cultures, between the Spanish culture, Armenian culture and African culture coming together in Cuba. In addition, this section of the article talks about words that developed in Cuba from all the mixtures of countries and cultures. Kronenberg (2008) states, that some of these words are “words like ‘hammock’, ‘manatee’, ‘yucca’, ‘hurricane’, and ‘tobacco’, which can be regarded as the ‘last surviving parting gift’ or ‘retributive curse’ the original inhabitants of the Caribbean offered to their Spanish captors”(p. 51). This is a small interesting fact to learn about the early Cuban culture and to see where Cuba got some of its influences from and what they originally kept from those influential countries. Kronenberg then discusses about the entry of new cultures and the colonial cultural situation in
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