Tourism & the People of Cuba

History is too frequently mistaken as objective truth when, in fact, perspectives of moments taken place years, decades, and centuries past slowly fade away with each generation until those moments are oversimplified by the loudest voices. We…
Ambrosio José Gonzales

A South Carolina / Cuba Connection

Ambrosio Jose Gonzales (1818-1893). He was born in Mantanzas, Cuba, was a Cuban conspirator who wanted to liberate Cuba from Spanish rule, and later became a Confederate officer. He earned a law degree at Havana University before settling…

Hemingway in Cuba

Ernest Hemingway began visiting Cuba regularly in the early nineteen thirties after he and his second wife, Pauline, settled in Key West.  Hemingway was drawn to Cuba because of the excellent game fishing in the Gulf Stream.   His friend,…

The Cuban Economy

William N. Trumbull, PhD Dean and Robert A. Jolley Chair The Citadel Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business To understand the Cuban economy, we have to know the type of economic system that Cuba implemented under Fidel (and now Raúl)…
1955 Chevrolet Belair Convertible

Cuba and Old Cars

Photography by Mike Ledford During his rule, Fidel Castro placed a ban on purchasing foreign vehicles and car parts, which kept new cars and car parts out of reach. As a result, Cuba is a living car museum where one will easily find cars…
Santería altar in Cuba. – ©Wikimedia Commons by Susanne Bollinger / CC-BY-SA-4.0
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Santeria

Santería developed in Cuba during the 19th century and has continued to spread in America, particularly in large cities like Miami, New York, and Los Angeles primarily through Caribbean island immigrants. Originating in West Africa among the…