Discovery Of The Cuban Culture

1754 Words Mar 15th, 2015 8 Pages
CChristopher Columbus discovered Cuba in 1492 and claimed it for Spain. Columbus described Cuba as "The most lovely that eyes have seen." (Gall, 170) Since that time Cuba has gone through a tremendous amount of conflict over the last 500 years. They have endured war after war and foreign occupation, which has caused many Cubans to flee the country looking for asylum. Even with such a dramatic history the culture of the Cuban people live on not only in Cuba, but also in America. So how do we determine how to properly communicate with people of the Cuban culture as not to offend them and be considerate of their culture. We must first start off with the evolution of the culture through their history.
For such a small country the history of Cuba is long and filled with turmoil. In the 1500’s, the island 's indigenous population, the Arawaks staged their last significant uprising against the Spanish. During the 1700 and 1800’s, they imported African slaves and indentured servants from Asia to work the plantations. Then in 1868, the Ten Years War, for equality and slavery emancipation, began but was unsuccessful. In February 1895, the War of Independence from Spain began. In 1898, under the Treaty of Paris, Spain relinquished Cuba 's sovereignty to the United States. The United States ended its military occupation of Cuba in 1902 and formed the Cuban republic. In 1953, Fidel Castro began his revolutionary movement and successfully overthrowing the existing government of…
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