Information on Havana, Cuba

Information on Havana, Cuba
Attracting tourists from around the world, Havana has become one of the Caribbean's most popular vacation destinations. With its vibrant culture, rich history and tropical landscape, Havana possesses an authentic, earthy charm not often seen in a major city.

Significance

Ciudad de La Habana, better known as Havana, is the capital of Cuba and the commercial center of the Caribbean. With a population of more than 2 million, Havana is the largest city in both Cuba and the Caribbean.

Geography

Havana is located in the northwest area of Cuba on the Gulf of Mexico. Positioned between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, Havana is roughly 90 miles from Key West, Florida.

History

Havana became the capital of Spanish Cuba in 1552, making it one of the oldest cities in the Americas. For more than 200 years, Havana was Spain's most important port in the Caribbean. The 1898 destruction of a U.S. battleship in Havana's harbor served as a catalyst for the start of the Spanish-American War.

Fun Fact

Havana is the birthplace of many popular Latin music and dance styles such as salsa and mambo.

Famous Ties

Salsa singer Celia Cruz, actor Andy Garcia and singer Gloria Estefan were born in Havana.

Article Written By Ayisatu J. Taylor

Ayisatu J. Taylor is a graduate of Smith College and has been writing for more than six years. She is attending graduate school for a degree in emergency health studies with a concentration on disaster response and recovery management. Taylor's work on travel, health and gardening can be seen on numerous websites.

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