• Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Cuba’s first inhabitants were the Taino, Ciboney and Guanahatabey tribes. Christopher Columbus landed in 1492 and a permanent settlement was established by Diego Velázquez in 1511. Oppression and European diseases virtually exterminated the indigenous population within 50 years and African slaves were imported as replacements. In 1607 Havana was declared the capital.


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Further Reading

  1. Bethell, L. (ed.) Cuba: a Short History. CUP, 1993Google Scholar
  2. Bunck, J. M., Fidel Castro and the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture in Cuba. Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 1994Google Scholar
  3. Cabrera Infantye, G., Mea Cuba translated into English from Spanish. London, 1994Google Scholar
  4. Cardoso, E. and Helwege, A., Cuba after Communism. Boston (Mass.), 1992Google Scholar
  5. Dosai, Paul J., Cuba Libre: A Brief History of Cuba. Harlan Davidson, Wheeling, Illinois, 2006Google Scholar
  6. Eckstein, S. E., Back from the Future: Cuba under Castro. Princeton Univ. Press, 1994Google Scholar
  7. Fursenko, A. and Naftali, T., ‘One Hell of a Gamble’: Khrushchev, Castro and Kennedy, 1958–1964. New York, 1997Google Scholar
  8. Gott, Richard, Cuba: A New History. Yale Univ. Press, 2004Google Scholar
  9. Levine, Robert, Secret Missions to Cuba: Fidel Castro, Bernardo Benes, and Cuban Miami. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2002Google Scholar
  10. May, E. R. and Zelikow, P. D., The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Belknap Press/Harvard Univ. Press, 1997Google Scholar
  11. Mesa-Lago, C. (ed.) Cuba: After the Cold War. Pittsburgh Univ. Press, 1993Google Scholar
  12. Sweig, Julia, Inside the Cuban Revolution. Harvard Univ. Press, 2002Google Scholar
  13. Thomas, Hugh, Cuba, or the Pursuit of Freedom. Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1971; Picador, London, 2001Google Scholar
  14. National Statistical Office: Oficina Nacional de Estadisticas, Paseo No. 60e/3ra y 5ta, Vedado, Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, CP 10400.Google Scholar
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