Top Cities of Cuba

Top Cities of Cuba

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1) Baracoa
2) Cayo Largo
3) Cayo Santa Maria
4) Havana
5) Holguin
6) Santiago de Cuba
7) Trinidad
8) Varadero
9) Vinales

Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba (Listeni/ˈkjuːbə/; Spanish: República de Cuba, pronounced: [reˈpuβlika ðe ˈkuβa] ( listen)), is an island country in the Caribbean. The nation of Cuba comprises the main island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and several archipelagos. Havana is the capital of Cuba and its largest city, followed by Santiago de Cuba.[10][11][12] To the north of Cuba lies the United States (150 km or 93 mi away) and the Bahamas, Mexico is to the west, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica are to the south, and Haiti and the Dominican Republic are to the southeast.
The island of Cuba was inhabited by numerous Mesoamerican tribes prior to its discovery by Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in 1492, who claimed it for the Kingdom of Spain. Cuba remained a colony of Spain until the Spanish–American War of 1898, after which it was briefly administered by the United States until gaining nominal independence in 1902. The fragile republic endured increasingly radical politics and social strife, and despite efforts to strengthen its democratic system, Cuba came under the dictatorship of former president Fulgencio Batista in 1952.[13][14][15] Growing unrest and instability led to Batista’s ousting in January 1959 by the July 26 movement, which afterward established a new administration under Fidel Castro. By 1965, the country had developed into a single-party state under the revived Communist Party of Cuba, which holds power to date, remaining one of only four self-declared Marxist-Leninist states.
Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, and with over 11 million people, is the second-most populous after Hispaniola, albeit with a much lower population density than most nations in the region. A multiethnic country, its people, culture, and customs derive from diverse origins, including the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the long period of Spanish colonialism, the introduction of African slaves, deep ties with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and close proximity to the United States.
Cuba ranks high in human development, health, and education. Its Human Development Index was 0.783 in 2012. As a result of its universal health care system,[16] its life expectancy at birth is 78 years.[3] Its infant mortality rate is 5.13. Its literacy rate of 99.8 percent[3][17] is the tenth-highest globally, due largely to the provision of free education at every level.[18] According to data it presents to the United Nations, Cuba was the only nation in the world in 2006 that met the World Wide Fund for Nature’s definition of sustainable development, with an ecological footprint of less than 1.8 hectares per capita, 1.5 hectares, and a Human Development Index of over 0.8, 0.855. Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuba

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