In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba; the largest country in the West Indies. Then, in 1878, the "Ten Year War" ended and winning that war gained their independence. Then in year 1899, the US governed Cuba during the war with Spain, and became independent once again in 1902. And after many other events, in 1959, Cuba became a communist country and still is to this day.
"Cuba." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 28 Oct. 2014
Cuba is the only communist country in the Western Hemisphere. A communist country is when the government holds nearly all the political power and the means of production. Cuba became a communist country through the revolution. That occurred on January 8th, 1959 led by Fidel Castro.
"Cuba: Government." GlobalEDGE: Your Source for Global Business Knowledge. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2014.
In Cuba, education is completely free for all levels. All children from the ages of 6 to 16 are to attend school in Cuba. Children are required to wear regulated school uniforms, with different colors distinguishing the various grade levels. Students attend primary school for six years, after which they proceed to basic secondary or high school for a period of 3–4 years.
"Education in Cuba, What's Left 20 Years Later." Havana Timesorg Education in Cuba Whats Left 20 Years Later Comments. N.p., 17 Sept. 2013. Web. 28 Oct. 2014.
Cuba’s imports have declined from $14.25 billion in 2008. The island nation’s imports petroleum, food, machinery and equipment. Cuba’s major trading partners are Venezuela, which accounts for nearly 30% of all imports, China, Spain, Canada, the US and Brazil. Cuba exported goods worth $3.253 billion. The island nation exported sugar, nickel, tobacco, fish, medical products, citrus and coffee.
"Economy Watch - Follow The Money." Cuba Trade, Exports and Imports. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2014.