25 Little-Known Facts About Cuba: The Capital Of Revolution

Cuba is the biggest island in the Caribbean Sea, with an official land area of 109,884 sq km (42,426 sq mi) and a population of more than 11 million. Arguably, one of the most talked about countries of the twentieth century, Cuba is famous for its Communist regime and the legendary icons of revolution it produced, most notably the country’s leader for fifty-two years (1959–2011), Fidel Castro, and one of the most recognized men of the century, Ernesto Che Guevara. Further, the country’s politics resulted in the notorious American embargo that has lasted for nearly six decades, while its close relationship with the USSR during the Cold War almost caused a nuclear war between the world’s two superpowers of the period in what is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962).

Of course, Cuba is not only famous for sociopolitical reasons, but for producing the finest cigars in the world, one of the best rums, its classic cars, and some of the most beautiful and scenic natural wonders a visitor can enjoy in the Caribbean. That’s the reason why Cuba has always been such a popular tourist destination for many years. In case you’re planning to visit the historic and beautiful country or you want to know more about it, check out these 25 Little-Known Facts About Cuba: The Capital of Revolution.

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It is estimated that only 5 or 6 percent of Cuban citizens actually have access to the open, free Internet. The rest can only get access to a censored version that the government controls.

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The famous drink that we know as Cuba Libre in the United States and Europe (a drink made of rum, Coke, and lime) is not known by that name in Cuba. There it is called “mentirita.”

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It is mandatory for every government vehicle to pick up hitchhikers or citizens who need a ride for whatever reason.

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Despite the low income of the average Cuban and the country’s strict Communist policies, 92 percent of the population owns their own home.

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The first and also the last time it snowed in Cuba was on March 12, 1857. In other words, it has only snowed once in the country’s recorded history.

Winter LandscapeSource: factmonster.com, Image: Wikipedia

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