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Something About Cuba

I. From Conqueror to Castro (1512-1959)

1512-1800

1512-1800
Conquest, Economic Development, and Enlightenment

In 1512, the Spanish knight Diego Velázquez and his followers arrived in Cuba and conquered it from the native Tainos. Spanish settlers established in Cuba cattle ranches, and agricultural enterprises including sugar plantations, and brought African slaves. By 1800 a western style society had developed in Cuba. Composer Esteban Salas was active in Santiago de Cuba between 1775 and 1804.