Geography

Will Cuba become a democracy? Make title catchy

For several years there have been concerns about Cuba becoming a democracy after the exodus from office by former dictator Fidel Castro. The discoveries of the Cuban island by Christopher Columbus lead to a sudden decline of the native Amerindian populations of the Cubans, in 1942 (The World Factbook: CUBA N.D.). Explain: I don’t understand & ciatation is not in correct form!!

Columbus arrives in America

Christopher Columbus discovers Cuba in 1492. He named the island Juana in which he claimed it as the new world. (Kastle 2017)

Explain illustration and first sentence better After his discovery, Cuba became known as a Spanish colony. Annually around this time the fleets bound for Spain would be transported from Havana in which African slaves reported to their stations in the sugar and coffee plantations. On the island, Cuba transformed into a substantial sugar producer being that Haiti sugar producing colony collapsed (The World Factbook: CUBA N.D.). Some factors took place that caused other countries to break from Spain. These factors consist of: prosperity replacing poverty, cattle as the main occupation, large estates squeeze out, and slaves arriving in increasing numbers. Cuba still remained loyal after the move towards independence by other Latin American countries (Kastle 2017). Eventually the independence movement of the Spanish rule was provoked. In 1898, the Spanish American war took place which lead to the United States intervening and assisting Cuba in overthrowing the Spanish rule. Cuba’s independence was then established by The Treaty of Paris. After three in a half years later, Cuba was under the United States military rule and gained its’ independence from Spain.

According to Kastle, Gerardo Machado y Morales made an attempt at a revolution in the Cuban government, in the 1930s resulting in failure. His failure lead to him resigning from his position and fleeing the country. Decades later, the rise of Fidel Castro resulted in authoritarian rule for several decades. He decided he wanted to bring down the Batista coup d’état because it had an effect on the Cuban society. This is where the Cubans thought to govern themselves, but some doubts came about of the ability to perform such responsibilities. Several other circumstances such as the overthrow of Batista, the destruction of the military, the polarization of society, civil war, and other Cuban institutions resulted in Cuban becoming a ferocious right-winged dictatorship. In 1959, Fidel Castro seized power of Cuba. During this time, Castro confiscated United States properties and investments to officially convert Cuba into a communist system. This event broke relations between Cuba and the United States rapidly. The United States decided to force an embargo on Cuba to take away any relations they had. Three years later, the United States released Soviet missiles into Cuba which became known as The Cold War Period. During the Cuban Missile Crisis some tension formed dramatically between the two governments.

References

“The World Factbook: CUBA. N.D.” Central Intelligence Agency. December 12, 2017. Accessed December 17, 2017. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cu.html. (reference start with an author)

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Kästle, Klaus. 2017, “___ History of Cuba.” History of Cuba – Nations Online Project. Accessed December 17, 2017. http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/History/Cuba-history.htm.

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