Things About Cuba You Didn’t Know Before

Things About Cuba You Didn’t Know Before

Unlike any other Caribbean country, Cuba was hidden to the United States for long 50 years. It has been the center of attention of the world in several occasions. But, due to the USA Embargo in 1962, travel and other activity with Cuba was paused.

Thanks to the Obama administration and Raul Castro, the talk has begun and we are getting new information about Cuba.

Anyway did you know the following facts about Cuba?

 

01. Cuba is one of two countries forbidden to sell Coca-Cola products. The other is North Korea.

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Coca-coal is one of the most popular brand around the world but it has been banned in Cuba since 1962. That is almost 50 years.

U.S. trade embargo during the Cold War halted all shipment of Coke to Cuba. It is the raw ingredients to producing Coca-cola. Fidel Castro seized the private business when he came to power. This made the Coke plants in Cuba to move out and they never returned back.

Cuba is one of three countries to have had this kind of business embargo implemented, the others being Burma and North Korea.

 

2. Bacardi Started in Cuba

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The brand Bacardi rum was originally manufactured in Cuba. However, the brand moved to Puerto Rico after Fidel Castro’s takeover.

Fidel Castro came in power and seized the Bacardi’s Cuban assets without compensation and drove them out of the country. They have operated from Puerto Rico ever since.

 

3. Cuba has one of the lowest birth rates in all of the Western Hemisphere.

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The average age for Cuban people is 38 and the expectancy is 78 years. Their birth rate is shrinking, it’s -0.14%. The reason for the low birth rate might be Soviet inspired health programs that were large proponents of the use of contraceptives.

 

4. Cuba is full of U.S. cars from the 1950s, because they’re the only cars Cuban citizens can legally own.

Cuba is full of U.S. cars from the 1950s, because they’re the only cars Cuban citizens can legally own.

 

5. 17th Largest Island in the World

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6. Famous for Cigars

6. Famous for Cigars

 

7. Home to the Manjuari Fish

7. Home to the Manjuari Fish

 

8. Cuba Is Highly Populated

Despite the low birthrate the country is highly populated.

8. Cuba Is Highly Populated

 

9. One of the Highest Literacy Rates

9. One of the Highest Literacy Rates

 

10. Mostly Human-Friendly Animals

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11. Extremely Limited Internet Access

11. Extremely Limited Internet Access

 

12. The Worlds’ Smallest Hummingbird and Smallest Frog

12. The Worlds’ Smallest Hummingbird and Smallest Frog

 

13. Surplus of Doctors

13. Surplus of Doctors

 

14. Large Protected Natural Areas

14. Large Protected Natural Areas

 

15. Pico Real del Turquino

15. Pico Real del Turquino

 

16. The Favorite Sport Is Baseball

This is surprising, isn’t it?

16. The Favorite Sport Is Baseball

 

17. Christmas Was Frowned Upon

17. Christmas Was Frowned Upon

 

18. Home to Several World Heritage Sites

18. Home to Several World Heritage Sites

 

19. Great Health Care System

19. Great Health Care System

 

20. Ernest Hemingway Lived in Cuba

20. Ernest Hemingway Lived in Cuba

 

21. Cuba Is More Than One Island

21. Cuba Is More Than One Island

 

22. Statue in Tribute of John Lennon

22. Statue in Tribute of John Lennon

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