Physical geography[ edit ] Cuba from space. It was made in three stages.
See Article History Alternative Titles: Aerial view of Havana.
Cuba soon gained formal independence, though it remained overshadowed by the nearby United States. Two years later Castro proclaimed the Marxist-Leninist nature of the revolution. Cuba became economically isolated from its northern neighbour as it developed close links to the Soviet Union.
Life in contemporary Cuba is thus challenging, given the limited access to food, transportation, electrical power, and other necessities.
Even so, many Cubans show a fierce pride in their revolutionary society, the only one of its kind in Latin America. This island is something special.
The strangest, most tragic things have happened here. And it will always be that way. The earth, like humankind, has its destiny. Cuba is a multicultural, largely urban nation, although it has only one major city: Havana La Habanathe capital and commercial hub of the country, on the northwestern coast.
Handsome if rather run-down, Havana has a scenic waterfront and is surrounded by fine beaches, an attraction for increasing numbers of visitors from abroad. Great Museums of Havana. Haitithe nearest neighbouring country, is 48 miles 77 km to the east, across the Windward Passage ; Jamaica is 87 miles km to the south; the Bahamas archipelago extends to within 50 miles 80 km of the northern coast; and the United States is about 90 miles km to the north across the Straits of Florida.
The country comprises an archipelago of about 1, islands, islets, and cays with a combined area three-fourths as large as the U.
The islands form an important segment of the Antilles West Indies island chain, which continues east and then south in a great arc enclosing the Caribbean Sea. The island of Cuba itself is by far the largest in the chain and constitutes one of the four islands of the Greater Antilles.
In general, the island runs from northwest to southeast and is long and narrow— miles 1, km long and miles km across at its widest and 19 miles 31 km at its narrowest point.
Relief Groups of mountains and hills cover about one-fourth of the island of Cuba. Much of central-western Cuba is punctuated by spectacularly shaped, vegetation-clad hillocks called mogotes.
The plains covering about two-thirds of the main island have been used extensively for sugarcane and tobacco cultivation and livestock raising. The main island is surrounded by a submerged platform covering an additional 30, square miles 78, square km.
It is technically a part of the Canarreos Archipelago.Geography >> Central America >> Cuba History and Timeline Cuba Capital: Havana Population: 11,, The Geography of Cuba Borders: Cuba is an island country located in the Caribbean.
It has maritime (water) borders with several countries including the United States, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, and Honduras. Cuba - Cultural life: Cuban culture has undergone a major transformation since the revolution, and the government has come to play a leading role in it.
Since the creation of the Ministry of Culture in , this role has expanded to include a network of professional and amateur cultural organizations throughout the country. GEOGRAPHY. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean Sea.
Cuba and its neighbors form the Greater Antilles, a chain of islands created millions of years ago when two of Earth's tectonic plates collided. Culture of Cuba - history, people, clothing, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social Cr-Ga. Toggle navigation. Location and Geography. Two significant events in the history of Cuba are celebrated annually with great fanfare.
The first is the symbolic date of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on 1 January , when Batista fled. Culture of Cuba - history, people, clothing, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social Cr-Ga.
Toggle navigation. Location and Geography. Two significant events in the history of Cuba are celebrated annually with great fanfare. The first is the symbolic date of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on 1 January , when Batista fled. Geography The largest island in the Caribbean Sea is Cuba.
Cuba and its neighbour countries are the islands which formed by two of .