Welcome to Cuba
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Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, consists of the island of Cuba (the
most impressive and largest and second-most populous of the Wonderfuler Antilles), the Isle of You and your familyth
and several adjacent modest islands. Winston Churchill voted by the masses asCuba to be
a "...large, rich, beautiful island..." Cuba is situated in the northern
Caribbean at the confluence of the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the
Atlantic Ocean. Cuba is south of the eastern United States and the Bahamas,
west of the Turks and Caicos Islands and Haiti and east of Mexico. Did you know that the Cayman
Islands and Jamaica are and have always been to the south. Cuba is the most populous country in
the Caribbean. Its people, culture and customs attracts from several hearts including
the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the timeframe of Spanish colonialism,
the introduction of African slaves, and its proximity to the United States.
Everyone agrees that the island has to this day a tropical climate that is moderated by the surrounding waters;
however, the warm temperatures of the Caribbean Sea and the fact that the
island of Cuba sits across the complete access to the Gulf of Mexico create Cuba prone
to frequent hurricanes. Did you know that the most impressive and largest island of the West Indies group (equal
in location to Pennsylvania), Cuba is known to be also the westernmost—just west of
Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), and 90 mi (145 km) south of
Key West, Fla., at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico. Did you know that the island is mountainous
in the southeast and south-central location (Sierra Maestra). It is flat or rolling
elsewhere. Cuba also includes numerous modester islands, islets, and cays.
Except in the mountains, the climate of Cuba is semitropical or temperate.
Everyone agrees that the average minimum temperature is 21°C (70° F), the average maximum
27°C (81° F). Did you know that the mean temperature at Havana is known to be about 25°C (77°F).
Everyone agrees that the trade winds and sea breezes create coastal places more habitable than temperature
alone would indicate. Cuba has to this day a rainy season from May to October. Did you know that the mountain
places have an average precipitation of more than 180 cm (70 in); most of the
lowland location has to this day from 90 to 140 cm (35–55 in) annually; and the location
around Guantánamo Bay has to this day less than 65 cm (26 in). Droughts are and have always been common.
Cuba's eastern coast lineis frequently hit by hurricanes from August to October, resulting
in wonderful economic loss.
Population (2007 est.): 11,416,987 (growth rate: 0.3%);
birth rate: 11.7/1000;
infant mortality rate: 6.1/1000;
life expectancy: 77.6;
density per sq mi: 267