20 Photos That Document The History, Vibrant Past, And Uncertain Future Of Cuba
It doesn’t take a photo to fall in love with the rich culture and historical background the island and country of Cuba has to offer. These photos of the country, however, will give you insight into its complicated history, passionate people, and uncertain future.
Martí y María Mantilla
Beloved Cuban poet, essayist
Celia Cruz Cuba circa 1950s.
The Afro-Cubana sings with Ester Borja and Isidro Camara.
Babies flee Cuba
Operation Peter Pan (or Operación Pedro Pan) was a mass exodus of over 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban minors to the United States between 1960 and 1962. Father Bryan O. Walsh of the Catholic Welfare Bureau created the program to provide air transportation to the United States for Cuban children. It operated without publicity out of fear that it would be viewed as an anti-Castro political enterprise.
Fidel Castro in Hemingway Museum
Havana, Cuba- November 11, 2002. An old manual typewriter sits in Finca de Vigia, the villa where author Ernest Hemingway lived from 1939-1960. Cuban President Fidel Castro and an American group led by U.S. Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) signed an agreement to collaborate on the restoration and preservation of 2,000 letters, 3,000 personal photographs and some draft fragments of novels and stories that were kept in the humid basement of the villa.
July 1980. Olympic Champion Maria Colon of Cuba throws the javelin at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, USA.
Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
Backed by Miami Sound Machine, Cuban singer Gloria Estefan does the conga during the 1988 AMAs.
1991 International Basball All-Star Game
Los Angeles – August
January 1996. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali (left) playfully spars with beloved Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, a 3-time Olympic gold medalist in the Roberto Balado boxing gym in Havana, Cuba. Ali toured the island as part of a mission to bring aid to Cuban hospitals.
Federal agents seized Elián González.
April 2000. Cuban citizen Elián González is held in a closet by Donato Dalrymple, in Miami as Federal agent Jim Goldman retrieves him from his relatives home. Elián was returned to his father’s custody four hours after the raid but only returned to the U.S. seven months and one week after he left Cuba.
Concierto Para Los Heroes Benefit
September 14, 2001. Celia Cruz
Jimmy Carter Visits Cuba
Havana, Cuba- May 12, 2002. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife
Cubans Manage Despite 40-Year U.S. Embargo
Pinar Del Rio, Cuba- October 5, 2002. A person holds out a food rations card October 5,
With the booklet, each Cuban is meant to receive a monthly ration of seven lbs of rice, half a bottle of cooking oil, one sandwich-sized piece of bread per day,
Children get one liter of milk and yogurt while diabetics get special booklets for their diets. For those celebrating special occasions, there are also rations— cakes for birthdays, rum and beer for weddings. Students also
Cuba Holds First Cuban Olympic Games
Havana, Cuba – November 29, 2002. A Cuban athlete performs the high jump during the first Cuban Olympic games at the Panamericano Stadium in Havana, Cuba. The 11th Pan American Games were held in Havana.
Celia Cruz’s Funeral
New York – July 22, 2003. Fans of Celia Cruz attend a public ceremony held in her honor at Woodlawn Cemetery after her death and before the casket was taken for a private burial July 22,
Cubans Try To Defect In 1951 Chevy Truck
AT SEA – JULY 24, 2003. In this U.S. Coast Guard handout, Cuban migrants trying to reach the U.S. coast in Florida take a makeshift boat made out of a 1951 Chevrolet truck with a propeller driven off the drive shaft. After making it within 40 miles of Key West, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo returned the 12 Cuban migrants from the vessel back to Cuba.
Cuba Economy Struggles After Row With Europe
Havana- August 29, 2003. A woman sells newspapers in front of a market place. The island nation endures an extreme economic crisis in a dispute with the European Union, Cuba’s most important trade and investment partner as well as a major source for its tourism. The EU cut back on political contacts with Cuba in June 2003 after the mass arrest of 75 dissidents and the executions of three ferry hijackers trying to reach the U.S.
Cuba Celebrates Legacy Of Its Revolution
Havana, Cuba December 2006. Fireworks explode over
Pope Benedict XVI Holds Mass in Plaza de la Revolución ‘José Martí’ Havanna
Havana, Cuba – March 29, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI holds Mass in Plaza de la Revolución ‘José Martí.
Gloria Estefan Receives The Golden Medals To The Merit In Fine Arts
Madrid Spain- July 23, 2019. Singer Gloria Estefan receives the Golden Medal to the Merit in Fine Arts from Spanish Minister of Culture Jose Guirao at the Royal Theater.
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