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From 'I Love Lucy' to pop music, Cuba's influence on America runs deep. Now that the decades-long trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba looks to be a thing of the past, Americans may soon be partying with Cuban goods like it’s 1959.

From 'I Love Lucy' to pop music, Cuba's influence on America runs deep

Culturally, however, Cuba’s influence has been here all along. From the baseball field to Hollywood, America’s fascination with Cuba is easy to spot. Even among the U.S.’s most culturally oblivious, few would offer blank stares at the mention of a Cuban sandwich, Cuban cigars, Jose Conseco, Gloria Estefan, or even the fictional Ricky Ricardo’s famous line, “Lucy, I’m home!” RELATED: Human rights groups hail restoration of US-Cuban ties Part of Americans’ interest in all things Cuba has to do with the fact that it’s been off limits. Sujatha Fernandes, an associate professor of sociology at Queens College and author of “Cuba Represent! “Cubans still had relatives in Miami and could contact them.

American History USA. Dan Bryan, May 15 2012 Cuban storefronts in downtown Miami, 1978.

American History USA

Before 1960, the population of Cuban-Americans living in Miami was very small. With the rise of Fidel Castro however, their presence soon came to define that city. By 1980, Cuban exiles made up over half of the population in Miami. In different ways, their community has come to embody the best and the worst of American life. When the first Cuban exiles arrived, they brought a culture at odds with the provincial, southern residents who lived there previously. In the years since, they have built prosperous lives and careers in the United States, and their community is now a permanent fixture. The initial refugees In 1960, as Castro consolidated his control and began to move Cuba towards the Communist system, refugees fled the country for Florida.

The first refugees envisioned their stay in the United States as a temporary phenomenon, and they expected that Castro's dictatorship would be short-lived. Cuban Americans - History, Slavery, Revolution, Modern era, Significant immigration waves. Overview Cuba is an island nation located on the northern rim of the Caribbean Sea.

Cuban Americans - History, Slavery, Revolution, Modern era, Significant immigration waves

It is the largest of the Greater Antilles islands. To Cuba's east is the island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Off the southeastern coast of Cuba lies Jamaica, and to the north is the state of Florida. In 1992 Cuba had an estimated population of nearly 11 million. The Cuban people are descendants of Spanish colonizers and of African slaves once employed in the sugar industry. The capital of Cuba is Havana, located on the northwestern coast of the island. Cuba was colonized by the Spanish in 1511. The need for labor on the sugar and tobacco plantations and in raising livestock, which had been the area's first major industry, resulted in the growth of African slavery.

In the next 60 years, trade increased, as did immigration from Europe and other areas of Latin America. Cuba's political relationship with Spain during this period became increasingly antagonistic. Language Religion. Timeline: US-Cuba relations. Relations between the US and Cuba have long been intertwined.

Timeline: US-Cuba relations

Since 1960, the US has maintained an economic embargo against Cuba. Here are key moments in ties between the two nations: 1898: US declares war on Spain. 1898: US defeats Spain, which gives up all claims to Cuba and cedes it to the US. 1902: Cuba becomes independent with Tomas Estrada Palma as its president. 1906-09: Estrada resigns and the US occupies Cuba following a rebellion led by Jose Miguel Gomez. 1909: Jose Miguel Gomez becomes president following elections supervised by the US, but is soon tarred by corruption. 1912: US forces return to Cuba to help put down black protests against discrimination. 1933: Gerardo Machado is overthrown in a coup led by Sergeant Fulgencio Batista. 1934: The US abandons its right to intervene in Cuba's internal affairs, revises Cuba's sugar quota and changes tariffs to favour Cuba. 1953: Fidel Castro leads an unsuccessful revolt against the Batista regime.

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