Cuba is the biggest country in the Caribbean and can be considered to be a melting pot of different cultures and races. Most Cuban people can trace their ancestry to either African slaves or Spanish settlers and as a result, Cuban culture is a rough mix of the two cultures.

Cubans are a dynamic and complex people and they are famous around the world their musical prowess. Many Cuban people can sing or play an instrument with surprising proficiency as music is a big part of the Cuban identity.

Politics also has played an important role in shaping the identity of the Cuban people and this continues to reflect Cuban culture and people. Under Fidel Castro, Cuba has remained a communist country and in the early years of the Castro regime, the country had suffered a dark age in terms of cultural expression. Popular music venues were closed down and the government clamped down on tourism and certain forms of self-expression.

In recent years, however the Cuban government has slowly brought back Cuban music and tourism. This is a testament to the power and longevity of Cuban music and the fortitude of its people. Despite difficult times, Cubans are generally warm and friendly and are lively and expressive people.

Overall, Cuba is a country overflowing with music and culture and its people are warm-hearted and hospitable. Cuban people tend to be a strong minded culture and when you combine the people, the strong culture and the amazing physical beauty of the islands, it is it easy to see why Cuba and Havana will be so popular for tourism in the future.

Demographics:
The largest urban populations of Cubans in Cuba (2009) are to be found in Havana ( 2,141,993), Santiago de Cuba ( 446,233), Camagüey (1,307,841), Holguin (294,313), Guantanamo ( 222,243), and Santa Clara ( 220,210). According to Cuba's Oficina Nacional de Estadisticas ONE 2002 Census.

The population was: 
11,177,743
5,597,233 men
5,580,510 women.

The racial make-up was:
7,271,926 whites
1,126,894 blacks
2,778,923 mulattoes

The Chinese population in Cuba is descended mostly from indentured laborers who arrived in the 19th century to build railroads and work in mines. After the Industrial Revolution, many of these laborers stayed in Cuba because they could not afford return passage to China.

 

 
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