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October 8, 2009

Cuban, Cuba


The
Republic of Cuba (pronounced /ˈkjuːbə/; Spanish: República de Cuba, pronounced [reˈpuβlika ðe ˈkuβa] is an island country in the Caribbean. It consists of the island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and several archipelagos. Havana is the largest city in Cuba and the country's capital. Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city. Cuba is home to over 11 million people and is the most populousinsular nation in the Caribbean. Its people, culture, and customs draw from diverse sources, including the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples; the period of Spanish colonialism; the introduction of African slaves; and its proximity to the United States.

The name "Cuba" comes from the Taíno language and though the exact meaning is unclear, it may be translated either as "where fertile land is abundant" (cubao), or as "great place" (coabana). Additionally, there is the claim that native inhabitants called the island "Cubagua" in the Columbus era starting in 1542.

According to a 2001 national census which surveyed 11.2 million Cubans, 1.1 million Cubans described themselves as Black, while 2.8 million considered themselves to be "mulatto" or "mestizo". Thus a significant proportion of those living on the island affirm some African ancestry. The matter is further complicated by the fact that a fair number of people still locate their origins in specific African ethnic groups or regions, particularly Yoruba, Igbo and Congo, but also Arará, Carabalí, Mandingo, Fula, Makua, and others. read more info here

3 comments:

Execumama said...

Um, okay, can I just high-five you 18 times for that dope Oprah quote on the right?! I LOVE that! Thanks for making me aware of it!

Tiffany,Ebony Intuition said...

No problem.

Fly Girl said...

Cuba is so rich in African culture.

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