By: Josi Frigon
Cuba is a hispanic country located in the Carribean. It's a beautiful island with delightful scenery and lots of things to learn!
- Capital: Havana
- Population: 11,061,886
- National Language: Spanish, although Hatain Creole is the second most common language spoke by 300,000 people.
- Currency: Cuban Peso
- Neighboring Countries: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, etc;
Places to See
Famous Places to Visit:
- Havana: The capital of cuba, full of beautiful city life and culture. A popular landmark, El Capitolio (The capital building), is located in this town.
- Varadero: A gorgeous vacation spot with an amazing beach for tourist. Has an amazing beach with glamorous hotels.
- Morro Castle: An astonishing castle that was built to guard Havana. Built in 1589 when Cuba was still under Spain's control. A very common spot for excursions.
Dialect: Cuban spanish is similar to Dominican or Puerto Rican spanish. The language here is usually shortened to eaiser expressions such as the ones below.
- ¿qué bola? – how are you?
- asere – friend, mate
- baro, chavito, fula – money
Food and Drink:
- Pastelitos: A cuban pastry filled with sweet flavorings like cream cheese, guavo cheese, pinapple, and coconuts.
- Chicharrones: A dish generally made up of fried pork rinds, but sometimes made from beef or chicken.
- Yucca Chips: Similar to potato chips, usually sprinkled with salt and is served with a side of salsa/dip.
Climate and Geography
Weather: Cuba's climate is semitropical and not too windy. The rainy season last from May into October, and the dry season goes through November to April.
Geography: Cuba includes mostly falt plains and rolling hills with some mountain terrain in the southeast, and it's surrounded by the carribean sea so Cuba has lots of beaches.
October 10th, 1868, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, or "Father of the Homeland", freed his slaves and started the independence war against the Spanish Colonial Power, resulting in the Ten Years Wars. This war was the first serious attempt to gain Independence from Spain. This war lasted until 1878 and brought the outcome of Cuba breaking away from spain on May 20th, 1902. Now, Cuba celebrates "Grito de Yara"on the day they revolted Spain.