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


Cuba’s first inhabitants were the Taíno, Ciboney and Guanahatabey tribes. Christopher Columbus landed in 1492 and a permanent settlement was established by Diego Velázquez in 1511. Within 50 years oppression and European diseases virtually exterminated the indigenous population 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. 1993Google Scholar
  2. Bunck, J. M., Fidel Castro and the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture in Cuba. 1994Google Scholar
  3. Cabrera Infantye, G., Mea Cuba; translated into English from Spanish. 1994Google Scholar
  4. Dosal, Paul J., Cuba Libre: A Brief History of Cuba. 2006Google Scholar
  5. Fursenko, A. and Naftali, T., ‘One Hell of a Gamble’: Khrushchev, Castro and Kennedy, 1958–1964. 1997Google Scholar
  6. Gott, Richard, Cuba: A New History. 2004Google Scholar
  7. Levine, Robert, Secret Missions to Cuba: Fidel Castro, Bernardo Benes, and Cuban Miami. 2002Google Scholar
  8. May, E. R. and Zelikow, P. D., The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 1997Google Scholar
  9. Mesa-Lago, C. (ed.) Cuba: After the Cold War. 1993Google Scholar
  10. Sweig, Julia, Inside the Cuban Revolution. 2002Google Scholar
  11. National Statistical Office: Oficina Nacional de Estadísticas, Paseo No. 60e/3ra y 5ta, Vedado, Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, CP 10400.Google Scholar
  12. Website (Spanish only):

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