Contemporary Cubans are descendents of Native Americans (Ciboney and Arawak), Spanish conquerors and administrators, and African slaves. Until the end of the nineteenth century Cuba was a Spanish colony. Cuba had economic and political ties to the United States until the socialist Revolution in 1959. Cubans speak Spanish.
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Middle America and the Caribbean --Caribbean
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The Cubans collection consists only of this culture summary. This article was published originally in the Encyclopedia of World Cultures, Vol. 8, Middle America and the Caribbean, James Dow, Volume Editor. Boston, Mass.: G. K. Hall & Co.1995.