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Reflections on Cuba, and America

A recent trip to Cuba gave me some perspectives on American history and politics. In writing this, my main conclusion has been that there’s always another layer of historical nuance to peel back, another qualifier that brings us closer to the truth of what happened and why. I’ve had to be more cursory than I’d like, as a result! All photographs are my own.

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Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Park, Santiago de Cuba. On the right, the town hall balcony Fidel Castro used to announce the success of the Cuban Revolution in 1959.
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Nationalistic imagery featuring Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, leaders of the Cuban Revolution (Habana, Santiago de Cuba, Camagüey).
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Spanish influences in Cuba, in the forms of military constructions like forts and magazines, a tower formerly used to monitor slaves in the sugarcane fields, architecture and interior decoration, Catholicism, and flamenco.
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A museum display about the Cuban Literacy Campaign.
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A national pharmacy (for Cubans only) in Baracoa.
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Cacao, along with coffee and coconut, is a large industry in Eastern Cuba. These regions are particularly susceptible to hurricanes and tropical storms, and are likely to face more hardship due to climate change.
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Pieces of America.
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Notes and Further Reading

[1] Factors contributing to economic decline or stagnation included the Opium Wars in China, the mandated export of raw materials and import of finished British goods in India, and the forced opium trade of the East India Company in both countries.

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