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  • Cuba
  • 110,861 km2
  • Havana
  • Pesos (CUC)
  • 11,382,820
  • 1 January

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  • and
  • 21 30 N, 80 00 W
  • Caribbean Sea 0m
  • PicoTurquino 2005m
  • 36.3 years
  • Mulatto 51%
  • white 37%

Cuba is the most populous Caribbean country. Its people, culture and customs draw from several sources including the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the period of Spanish colonialism, the introduction of African slaves, and its proximity to the United States.

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Havana13 November 2007

Havana, founded in 1515, is one of the oldest cities founded by Europeans in the Western Hemisphere. The city was protected by walls and fortificaions as it was often attacked by pirates and French corsairs.

Old Havana and its fortifications are protected by UNESCO. Ciudad de La Habana, meaning "City of Havana," is considered a province, despite its name. Its name is based upon the one of Chief Habaguanex.

Matanzas ~ transit13 November 2007

Matanzas is called the city of bridges, of which there are seventeen crossing the three rivers that traverse the city (Rio Yumuri, San Juan, and Canimar). For this reason it was referred to as the "Venice of Cuba." It was also called "La Atenas de Cuba" (the Athens of Cuba) for its poets.

We transited Matanzas by bus twice in the same day, on our way to Havana. Because of the route crossing the heart of the city and the slow traffic, we got to see quite a bit of it.

Varadero11 - 18 November 2007

Varadero is first and foremost a tourist resort town, boasting more than 20 km of white sandy beaches. Tourism grew in the early 1930s as Irénée du Pont Nemours, an American millionaire, built his estate on the peninsula.

But the first tourists visited Varadero as early as the 1870s, and for years it was considered an elite resort. In 1910 the annual rowing regatta was started, five years later the first hotel, named Varadero and later Club Nautico, was built.

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