Cuba Essays

Dreaming in Cuban

Throughout the years, Cuba is known to be a Communist country struggling to determine its own identity. Some Cubans have fought with the decision to stay in their native country or migrate to the United States. Others have decided to settle in Cuba and let their fate be determined by the gods. Santeria, an African religion mixed with Catholic traditions, is practiced by many Cubans and allows followers to establish their destiny by the orishas, or African spirits. It also…

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Forces Leading to Revolution in Cuba

Background Cuba was discovered by Europeans in 1492. From 1511 it was a colony of spain and became a base from which Spanish exploration and colonisation took place. Numbers of indigenious Cubans dropped dramatically as a reuslt of European desieases and harsh Spanish rule. Those who remained were converted to Catholicism by missionaries. Cuba became a producer of tobacco and sucre due to its rich soil. The low numbers of indigenous Cubans caused problems for te Spanish, who needed large…

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Sports and Games

Sports and Games are essential for many reasons.They not only help us to maintain good health but also foster friendship and goodbehaviour.Many people think that the aim of sports and games is to win gold medals in olympic games.That is not at all important.what is important is that every boy and every girl in our country should be interested in sports and games.Being interested in games does not mean merely watching other people play games.They should devote at least an…

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Privatization in Cuba

Replacing Fidel Castro who has ruled the island for decades won’t be easy. Implementing changes that are opposite to what the citizens have come to know and practice for years would not happen in a year or two, or even in my years of administering the nation. I understand that the people clamor for change, but how much change they are willing to undergo remains to be seen. Nevertheless, it is important that I start the process of democratization based…

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United States as Expansionist Country

The United States has been an expansionist country since the pilgrims landed. Until the US established them selves as a definite world power, they had shown themselves to be a very expansionist country. The imperialism of the 1900s may have departed from past actions in terms of size and ambition, but the fundamental reasons and drive for expansion remained the same throughout much of America’s history. Past expansion of the US includes the Manifest Destiny-driven push to the West coast,…

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Hemingway’s Use of Code Hero in the Old Man and the Sea

Hero is a simple-sounding two-syllable word, which many people freely use to name and describe others. But, how many people really know what a hero is? One of the most know codes for defining a hero would be Ernest Hemingway’s code, which can be seen in his novels. “The code hero is a man who lives correctly, following the ideals of honor, courage and endurance in a world that is sometimes chaotic, often stressful, and always painful.” (CodeHeroDefinition). Ernest Hemingway…

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My Best Memory of Cuba

Orly Solomon was a child star in France, the French Shirley Temple if I may tell the truth. At the young age of eight she became a famous singer, actress and TV host. She even got into the Guinness World Records as the youngest TV host in history. For years Orly toured around singing, released CDs and performed on television and on stages. But as she grew into adulthood, due to poor management, she lost momentum and her position in…

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Sherritt Goes to Cuba

Investing in developing countries requires not only an in-depth assessment of the economic, political and cultural factors involved but also the reconsideration of the investor’s long-term strategies. Based on Sherritt International entry into Cuba, this case study analysis evaluates how Sherritt approached the Cuban government and how well it negotiated the terms under which the joint venture was signed. As the new venture is associated with numerous risks related to the political and economic systems of the country as well…

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Causes of Tension Between Cuba and the United States

On January 9, 1959, following their successful overthrow of the oppressive Batista regime, a band of freedom fighters, anchored by Fidel Castro, marched through the Cuban capital city of Havana. Upon his arrival, Castro immediately seized control of the Cuban government and declared himself the highest executive of the island nation, Premier of Cuba. In April of 1959, Castro visited the United States in order to gain support for his policies in leading Cuba. The majority of Americans warmly embraced…

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Alberto Korda

The history of Spanish culture and their historic events have been captured through art for centuries. Photography is one form of art that has documented and symbolized historic events that are still used today as historical documents. A Cuban photographer, Alberto Diaz Gutierrez, also known as Alberto Korda, famously documented the events of the Cuban Revolution. Alberto Korda became the world’s most famous Cuban photographer for his photography, documenting history of the revolution with over 55,000 revolutionary themed photographs. Korda…

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Economic Sanctions Against Cuba

The US economic embargo against Cuba dates back to1962 during a revolution than led to Fidel Castro occupying the top seat as the President of Cuba. The embargos comprised both economic and commercial sanctions as well as financial support. These embargos were put in place when Fidel Castro nationalized all the enterprises that were owned by Americans in Cuba. (Jones, 2008). Due to this, the Foreign Assistance Act was passed in the US congress, which prohibited any aid to be…

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Music of Cuba and Puerto Rico_ a Comparison and Contrast

Music is an important aspect of both the Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures because music forms part of everyday life. To the people in these countries, music is a way of expressing unity and belongingness. The European explorers, particularly the Spanish, who came to Cuba and Puerto Rico (Thompson, 1991) enriched music in both countries. The music in these countries also became rich because of the influence of African slaves in the plantations (Sublette, 2004) who eventually become part of…

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Cold War_ Cuba and Latin America

There were several motivations for United States policy in Latin America during the 1950’s and the 1960’s. Some of these motivations included the applying of the policy of containment in Latin American to stop the spread of communism. Another motivation was to stop the growing alliance between Cuba and the Soviet Union. All of these motivations were set in place to avoid the development of a second Cuba in Latin America. It was urgent for the United States to act…

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The Cuban Revolution

“Analyse the impact of the Cuban Revolution on both Cuban society and the wider Latin American world” The Cuban Revolution of 1959 has profoundly shaken the economic, social and political foundations of Cuba itself, however its impact on Latin America was not as predominant. The inauguration of Fidel Castro over Fulgencio Batista was the beginning of a communist regime in Cuba, which has now raised the living standards of everyday Cubans to one of the highest in Latin America. As…

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The Origins of the Cuba Revolution Reconsidered

The focal point of this paper is to present a critical appraisal of the scholarly contribution of Farber’s book, ‘The Origins of the Cuba Revolution Reconsidered’. Purpose of this review is to evaluate the contribution to historical knowledge that the book makes. Additionally, the review would convey the readers what ongoing scholarly debates and issues, if any, the book in question addresses. For this reason a brief sense of what the debate was before the book was written would also…

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