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A brief history of the U.S. and Cuba

150 years of tension may be coming to an end.
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This video offers some good perspective on the competing historical visions that help to shape the tension between the United States and Cuba.  I enjoyed this one because it explicitly states during what many refer to as the age of imperialism.


Questions to Ponder:  How would you feel about the normalizing of political and economic relations between the United States and Cuba if you grew up in Cuba?  What if you were from a Cuban-American family that fled Castro's regime?   


TagsCuba, historical, conflict, political, geopoliticscolonialism, video.

David G Tibbs's curator insight, February 22, 10:41 AM
This video is important to understanding the political and economic historical content between Cuba and America. America has also been divided on home to approach issues, such as imperialism, and communism. This was accurate when dealing with Cuba. From intervening from the 1890s till 1961, in an effort to protect sugar interests in the country. Now that relations are normalizing due to cold war feeling being eased up, and with Castro no longer in charge of the country. Now its time to see if the economy changes the way the government operates and if the Cuban economy can improve.
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U.S. and Cuba's Rocky Relations

"President Obama announced on December 17 that the United States will resume diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of antagonism. Bloomberg's Sam Grobart recaps the standoff between the two nations, and explains why the icy relationship has begun to thaw."

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By now I'm sure you've heard the news that the United States is seeking to normalize relations with Cuba and politicians are reacting to this news in diverse ways.  Some see this as a way for the United States to stick it to Russia (which is going through it's on troubles--more on that in the future). This video gives a quick rundown of the history of Cold War tensions between these two neighbors.   

Tags: Cuba, conflict, political, geopolitics.

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, March 1, 2015 10:10 PM

I'm amazed that we have had no relations with Cuba for so long.  All it took was one man-Castro-to keep the separation going for so long.  It is time to let go.  Besides, if you were really worried about another country wouldn't you want to have some sort of diplomatic relationship so you could keep a close eye?

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, September 24, 2015 5:54 AM

The Presidents decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba set off some controversy in the United States. Some Republicans, such as Florida senator Marco Rubio were quite critical of the Presidents new policy. Overall I was surprised at how little controversy erupted from the move. The Cuban community in the United States was divided on the issue. Older Cubans, many of whom fled Cuba after the Castro revolution in 1959 opposed the move. Younger Cubans generally feel that it is time to try a  new approach toward the communist nation. Our policy of isolating Cuba has not led to the desired regime change that many had hoped for. If anything it has hurt the innocent citizens of Cuba more than the Castro brothers. They are the ones who have suffered the effects of economic embargos. History will judge the Presidents move to normalize relations. For the sake of the Cuban people, lets hope that this new policy will finally result in a free democratic Cuba.

David G Tibbs's curator insight, February 22, 11:18 AM
Cuba and U.S relations have been restored in the last few years due to events like this, along with semi-normal trade between the two. With Canada hosting the secret talks and having the Vatican also assisting in the issue. This shows how the world was ready for the two nations to start normalizing relations. Now that relations have started to normalize between the two, America and Cuba must do everything in their power to keep the new found relationship. 
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U.S. Travel To Cuba Grows As Restrictions Are Eased

The Obama administration has relaxed travel restrictions to Cuba, reinstating Bill Clinton's policy of allowing people-to-people travel.
Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 13, 2015 11:50 AM

with the relaxing of restrictions towards Cuba an increase in tourism can obviously be expected to rise massively, especially as Cuban repatriates gain the ability to go and visit family and ancestral homes. this new policy will prove to be good for Cuba.

Richard Aitchison's curator insight, January 24, 8:46 AM

Cuba has always been a mystery to the US people, so it is understandable if people want to explore the island. Most Americans have lived through the US-Cuba embargo and have only been able to see videos or pictures from afar. So now that we can travel to Cuba, but in a limited way is it worth it? Worth it meaning will we get the most education out of this trip, will we see the real Cuba or the one the Cuban government wants us to see. Reading this article brought up a lot of past issues I have explored. I lived in Miami for 7 years and some of my best friends were Cubans that had escaped Castro's reign of terror. They were very disappointed to hear about a lot of these trips and complained that this is not the real Cuba (like the article explores).  They want American's and people around the world to know about how Castro has treated his country and how this man destroyed many of their families.  So how do we better understand? This is a major question that will continue to into the next decade as we begin to explore Cuba.

Katie Kershaw's curator insight, February 7, 7:04 PM
Cuba presents an interesting case regarding travel by Americans.  After almost fifty years of Americans being banned from traveling to the island, it makes sense that many Americans would be so eager to travel once the restriction was lifted.  It is interesting that both the American and Cuban governments have their own agenda in regards in terms of touring the country.  Groups from the U.S. are typically placed with tour guides who attempt to paint a picture of the country that is pro-Castro and pro-government.  The tourists in this article were aware of this and said that the key to understanding Cuba is to look past exactly what they are being told- they must analyze and make judgements based on their own experiences.  Opposite the Cuban government's approach is the American government which is divided in how travel to Cuba should be handled.  Some officials fear that sending American tourists contributes to a communist government which they believe should not be allowed.  They believe that travel to Cuba should still be restricted and prohibit Americans from traveling through third party groups based out of other countries like Mexico- because these groups give American tourists too much freedom in what they are able to do while in Cuba.  American tourists for the most part do not agree with either governments' ideas of how tourism in Cuba should work.  They want to be free to decide what they do in Cuba and conceptualize the country through their own lenses.  It is very interesting that a destination so close to the U.S. has been so restricted and a cause of conflict, even after regulations have been loosened.  The real victims in this case seem to be the citizens of both Cuba and the U.S.  As Americans are unable to experience what they want and Cubans aren't allowed to freely share how they view their country.
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The History of Cuba-U.S. Relations

The History of Cuba-U.S. Relations | Geography Education |
One of the last relics of the Cold War ended on December 17, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama announced a thawing of foreign relations policy between the United States and Cuba.

TagsCuba, podcast, Maps 101, historical.

Shane C Cook's curator insight, May 27, 2015 4:26 AM

For decades the United States of America has ceased contact, trade, and political mention with Cuba due to tensions in the Cold War. Last year around Christmas president Obama announced the permission of free travel and trade with Cuba. This will hopefully strengthen relations and improve harmony between these two countries.

Gareth Jukes's curator insight, May 27, 2015 12:18 PM

Fall of communism and legacy of the Cold War-

This article explains how one of the last ideas held strong in the cold war was finally ended. The cold war tore apart Cuba and the US, but on December 17, 2014, the ice between these two countries thawed, thus only having the history of the cold war to live on.

This article shows the legacy of the cold war by showing how the hatred between Cuba and the United States has finally ended, thus leaving only the history and legacy of the cold war behind.

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Making National Geographic Maps

Making National Geographic Maps | Geography Education |

This map of Cuba, National Geographic's first map of Cuba in over 100 years, has an incredible backstory. 

While touring the National Geographic headquarters, the cartographer Juan Valdés (pictured here with me) told me the story of his early days living in Cuba before Castro,  Pictured is one of his 36 meticulous drafts produced to create this cartographic masterpiece of his home country.  To hear it in his own words, embedded in this link is a 18 minute video of his talk at National Geographic on Cuba and the production of the map.  The last 7 minutes are especially helpful for mapping students to see all the decisions and stages involved in creating a professional reference map.

Tags: cartography, mapping, National Geographic, Latin America, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 16, 2014 9:54 PM

For starters, these pictures were fascinating to look at. It was amazing to see how much time and effort goes in making just one map. The video was informative and really gives you an idea of the unique process that is being done. The pictures fascinated me the most though. You could just tell just by looking at the pictures that they take what they do seriously. Also, you can tell that they are passionate about what they do. You can especially tell that you yourself had a great time and that you were really interested in what was going on. It is really awesome that National Geographic interviewed you about your visit. In the video, it was nice that he started off with some background information about Cuba and the special times that he shared with his father that made him go into cartography. Overall, the pictures and the video were really a sight to see.

Jared Medeiros's curator insight, February 11, 2015 10:11 PM

This was a great presentation. I cant imagine how long it must take to make an accurate map, especially when these cartographers are so passionate about their work and their craft.  You can tell that to be a cartographer, you must be extremely passionate and dedicated to your craft.

Rachel Phillips's curator insight, April 16, 2015 4:58 PM

It's absolutely crazy to be that Juan Valdes had up to thirty-six different drafts of the map of Cuba, just to come up with the one, most accurate map of the country. When I see maps, I never think of how long it must have taken to get it exactly the way it is to be the most accurate map possible.  It also makes me wonder how completely accurate our maps are, because when comparing multiple, you can see slight differences.

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New cars for Cuba?

New cars for Cuba? | Geography Education |

Raul Castro will be lifting the embargo on cars.  Cuban cars are from before the revolution (1959).  Here is an op-ed article that is favors the removal of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba.

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