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Status and History The largest island nation in the Caribbean, it was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492. It has remained a socialist state since 1959, when Fidel Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara removed the Batista dictatorship.
Capital City Havana
Climate Semitropical and warm, with rainy summers and arid winters
Capital City Coordinates 23° 08 north, 82° 22 west
General Information Still boycotted by the United States, the island has continued the development of tourism, attracting visitors from around the world. (over 1.5 million in 1998) Important industries include citrus products, rice, sugar and tobacco
Location Description About 95 miles south of Miami, Florida.
Terrain Three mountains ranges run through its center, punctuated by numerous hills and fertile valleys. Over 3,500 smaller islands surround the main island
Official Currency Cuban Peso
Land Area 110,860 sq km (42,805 sq miles)
Cuba Maps by worldatlas.com here
Cuba Maps at UT here