Cuban History 101

Here’s my abridged history of Cuba. While we do not know much about per-Columbian Cuba, the island was inhabited by an Arawak tribe called the Taíno. After Christopher Columbus landed in 1492, things went downhill. The locals were enslaved by the Spanish and most died off following the waves of European diseases that the colonizer brought with them. Measles and smallpox were the main diseases that caused this disaster. The Spanish used the island for plantations and as a colonial outpost, overseeing their colonial holdings in the western hemisphere....

September 12, 2020 · 3 min · 463 words · Michael Helmers
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