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By: Taylor O. and Joel G.

Physical Map Cuba has an area of 110,860 sq km (42,803 sq mi) it is 1,223 km long. Cuba is very beautiful with alot o f reefs, bays, keys, and islets. Climate in Cuba is semitropical. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean sea. The Sierra Maestra is the tallest mountain in Cuba and well known because it is home of three wars.

EconomyCuba’s GDP is : 6,051.22 USD. A big tourist attraction is Cuba is the Playa Paraiso Beach (Cayo Largo). Some people say its the most prettiest beach they have ever seen. Another tourist attraction is the Old Havana (Habana Vieja). It is a great place to see how the building over 100 years ago were like. In Old Havana, Plaza Vieja is one of Havana's most vibrant gathering spots. The main building of note here is the 18th-century Casa del Conde Jaruco with beautiful stained glass windows on the first floor. Some important natural resources for Cuba are cobalt, nickel, iron ore, chromium, copper, salt, timber, silica, petroleum, and arable land.




The known history of Cuba predates Christopher Columbus' landing on the island during his first voyage of discovery in 14 92.Archeological evidence suggests that, before Columbus' arrival, the indigenous Guanajatabey, who had inhabited the island for centuries, were driven to the west of Cuba. In February 2013, Raúl Castro, current Cuban President, announced his resignation for 2018, that will end his current 5-year term, and hope to implement permanent term limits for future Cuban Presidents, including age limits. Cuba is a Communist state/country. The peso (ISO 4217 code: CUP, sometimes called the "national peso" or in Spanish moneda nacional) is one of two official currencies in use in Cuba. The other being the convertible peso (ISO 4217 code: CUC, occasionally referred to as "dollar" in spoken language). It is subdivided into 100 centavos.

The music of Cuba, including the instruments and the dances, is mostly of European and African origin. Cuban hip-hop is one of the latest genres of music to be embraced not only by the country's youth but also, more reluctantly, by the government. Cuba's policy on religion has changed much since 1959, when religious Cubans were persecuted and could be denied jobs or an education by the government. Cuba is a primarily Christian country. Another large religion in Cuba is Santería. Many words from Cuban Amerindian languages have entered common usage in both Spanish and English, such as the Taíno words canoa, tobacco and huracán. Main language in Cuba is Spanish and second language is English.


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