My parents took vacation in Cuba. This is their story.
Our Arrival in Cuba
A Short (not very complete) History of Cuba
Taino People arrive from Dominican Republic 300 CE
First European settlement 1500
Because of disease and enslavement by the Europeans the indigenous people do not survive as a distinct population. Many also committed mass suicide. Many, many African Slaves were brought to Cuba to replace the indigenous people.
The Cuban people fought for independence beginning in 1895. After the USS Maine mysteriously explodes the United States enters the war. Cuba/America are the victors.
The Hotel Nacional de Cuba opens in 1930, many rich Americans and rich American gangsters invest and spend time in Cuba. Cuba along with much of South America begins being ruled by brutal dictatorships. The 1%ers pillage and abuse the rest of the society. The Amercians brought many high end American cars for their use. Those are the ones the people still use and repair, and are really, really cool.
The Cuban revolution began in 1953 culminating in Castro’s victory in 1959. From 1962 until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Soviets supported Cuba. The state owned everything, people had good education and medical care, and enough to eat, but not freedom to have private enterprise or speak their mind. One side note two days before he died Kennedy had talked to Castro about renegotiating the embargos and possibly helping Cuba. But it was not to be.
The 1990’s were a difficult time for Cuba, not enough to eat, not enough of anything. In the early 2000’s new trading partners are found by Cuba and the economy begins a slow recovery. There is freedom to speak your mind. There are elections in 2018. People are starting their own businesses.
In December of 2014 President Barak Obama and President Raul Castro begin normalizing relationship with each other.
Rosalen our Cuban Guide & Alex, our Road Scholar Guide
We arrive in Cuba 21 May 2016. Our Hotel Nacional de Cuba, is wonderful. We are welcomed by Rosalen and Alex and enjoy a delightful dinner at the hotel. We explore the Veranda having a mojito and listening to the strolling musicians. The ocean view is wonderful. We go to our rooms and have this same great view.some of the cool cars I mentioned.
Arrival at the Hotel Naciona
This is our Hotel Nacional.
This is the Veranda.