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History of Cuba

Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba


The history of Cuba began with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 and the subsequent invasion of the island by the Spaniards. Aboriginal groups—the Guanahatabey, Ciboney, and Taíno...

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Cuban Cigars


Cigar smoking tends to lend itself to moments of calm, allowing you to sit back in a chair, as the luxurious smoke swirls around you, and have a good think about things. If you’re a fan of Cuban...

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Cuban flag at Havana streets


The story is told that some weeks after the triumph of the Cuban revolution, Ernest Hemingway and a friend sat in a hotel bar in Havana when Fidel Castro arrived with an entourage of staff and...

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Buena Vista Social Club
  • Music of Cuba

Buena Vista Social Club

The original Buena Vista Social Club album was recorded for World Circuit Records over six days at the vintage EGREM studios in Havana. Released in 1997, the album became a worldwide phenomenon, selling over 8 million copies and contributing to the rise in popularity of Cuban and Latin American music.

Cuba in 4K

Valley of Vinales


The Viñales Valley is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley is an outstanding karst landscape in which traditional methods of agriculture (notably tobacco growing) have survived unchanged for...

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Havana, Cuba downtown skyline


The lively capital, Havana, has plenty to offer from the Plaza Vieja (Old Square), Plaza de la Catedral, Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro, San Francisco de Asís Square, Plaza de la Revolucion...

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Old Havana downtown Street - Havana, Cuba


Havana was founded in the 16th century by the Spanish and played strategic role in the connection between the New and the Old World. Old Havana and its fortification system is inscribed on the...

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Articles and Documentaries

Street scene with sunset in downtown Havana


The original layout of Habana Vieja—Old Havana—is still intact. Building ordinances in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries preserved the city’s architectural integrity. Wrought-iron gates...

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Cuban flag in window


Explore the Yale library research guide on Cuba from colonial time through the present. This exclusive Yale guide includes resources on slavery, culture, the Cuban Revolution, and many more sources.

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The Cuba Libre Story


This Netflix documentary series recounts the tumultuous history of Cuba, a nation of foreign conquest, freedom fighters and Cold War political machinations. 

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Upcoming Programs

Exploring the African Diaspora in Cuba

Exploring the African Diaspora
in Cuba




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