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Celebrate Cuba!

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Bienvenidos Cuba!
What If You Were Going To School In Cuba Right Now?
Travel, Cigars, Cars, Food and Music!
A Most Unique Island!
(Una Isla Unica!)
Cuba & America
Through The Years
(Cuba y America
a traves de los anos)
1900 - 1960's
Cuba is "independent" BUT...
US takes over
Guantanamo Bay
, dictates foreign policy and intervenes in Cuban affairs
Fast Facts:

AREA:
110.8 sq mi
(Michigan is 96.7 sq mi)
POPULATION:
11.2 million
(Michigan is 9.9 million)
MEDIAN AGE:
41.1 years
(39.3 years in Michigan)
CAPITAL:
Havana
(Lansing)
UNEMPLOYMENT:
2.5%
(5.4% in Michigan)
Cuba consists of one large island and several small ones situated on the northern rim of the Caribbean Sea
Florida is only about 90 mi North of Cuba
Florida is bigger in size, but Cuba is the largest island in all of the Caribbean
Beautiful island with 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, cobblestone streets filled with classic cars and until recently, practically untouched by Western influence.
1850 - 2017
1850 - 1900
US was divided - Pro and Anti Slavery
Cuba was a Spanish Colony
US 'buy or take' Cuba from Spain to make Cuba a "Slave State"
1898 slavery ends and Cubans rise up against Spain...we join in!
Spanish/American War
U.S....SHOULD WE SEIZE CUBA
OR LIBERATE IT???
1953
Fidel Castro
leads an uprising against
President Fulgencio Bastista
and the U.S. backs Bastista fearing communism
Communists win in 1959 and Castro takes power
U.S. fears communism expansion so we set up embargos and try to assassinate Castro!
In the
Bay Of Pigs
, CIA-trained Cubans try to take over the island of Cuba
Castro turns to Russia for help
Almost start WW3 when US blocks Russian nuclear missiles in Cuba
1970 - Present
1970 - 1990

THE MARIEL BOAT LIFT:
Between April 15 - October 31, 1980 Fidel Castro allows Cubans to leave and 125,000 arrive in Florida to gain asylum including mentally ill and prisoners.
1990 - 2010
2010 - Present
2013 The US and Cuba start secret talks with the help
of Pope Francis
2014 US and Cuba agree to end the conflict.
2015 President Obama was the first US President to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928
After the Soviet Union collapses, President Clinton and Fidel Castro wish to end the conflict
Cuban American's who suffered horribly under Castro protested to keep the embargo. President Clinton backs down.
2008 Fidel hands power over to his brother Raul who knows the country needs to change.
(Que si ibas a la escuela en Cuba ahora mismo?)
Just like all of you, school uniforms are mandatory and they are different colors for each grade level
99.8% literacy rate, one of the highest in the world! (68% in the US)
Only 5% of Cubans have access to open, uncensored internet...Cell phones were allowed in 2008 and computers in 2009
Castro hated the internet so Cubans created their own!
The government decides your career!
(Viajes, Cigarros, Autos, Comida y Musica!)
Until 2011, the only cars Cuban citizens could own legally were cars created and bought before 1959 when the embargo started
After 1959, the Cuban government seized all cars and owns them to this day.
Most of the pre 1959 cars in the country are from the US!
Travel/Viajes
Its only a 45 minute flight from Miami, but to go independently and legally most American's join a "people to people" charter for an "educational" trip.
The country has two different currencies: one used by tourists and the other used by Cubans - Credit cards don't work in most places!
Latest poll listed 18% of American's have a trip to Cuba on their bucket list!
Cigars/Cigarros
Handmade cigars have only one ingredient - cigar tobacco - so location is important to the flavor of a cigar.
Only tobacco grown in the far western region of Cuba is best for cigars and it gives the tobacco a very unique taste.
Cigars and Cuba are synonymous, much like France and wine!
Cuban cigars are described by the people that love them as rich and very flavorful. They burn with a greyish black ash (not white like other cigars) and the best Cuban cigars are among the best in the world.
Americans that travel to Cuba can only bring home $100 worth of cigars!
THE FAMOUS
CUBAN CARS!
ANA CRUZ
Celebrity Wedding Planner
International Speaker
TV Personality
Competitive Afro-Caribbean Dancer
Contributor to New York Times
"Auntie Ana" to Deven and Jorden
Proudly
Cuban American
!
FOOD/COMIDA
Christopher Columbus
discovered the island of Cuba on
October 28, 1492
, claiming it in honor of Spain. As colonies were established, they imported black slaves from Africa to operate mines and plantations. As a result, both Spanish and African cultures formed the foundation of Cuban cuisine.
Spanish colonists brought with them citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons, as well as rice and vegetables.

They also grew sugar cane, a major Cuban crop.
GUARAPO DE CANA
SUGAR CANE JUICE
PLANTAIN CHIPS
MOJO CRIOLLO MARINADE
ESPRESSO-CUBAN COFFEE
SUGAR CANE
MUSIC!/MUSICA!
Cuban music is interlocked with history and thought to be one of the most popular genres in the world!
Cabildos

- African
Slave Dance Music
Santaria
- Afro-Cuban music played during religious rituals devoted to deities
West Africa

&

Spain

Music lovers from around the world can identify with Cuban music today due to its characteristic synthesis of
percussion, salsa, Jazz and other intriguing styles
...and its amazingly fun to dance to!
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Jacob Forever & Pitbull - Hasta Que Seque El Malecon
INTERVIEW WITH
GRETEL PEREZ & OMAR CRUZ
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