It doesn’t take a photo to fall in love with the rich culture and historical background the island and country of Cuba has to offer. These photos of the country, however, will give you insight into its complicated history, passionate people, and uncertain future.

Martí y María Mantilla

20 Photos That Document The Vibrant Past And Uncertain Future Of Cuba

Beloved Cuban poet, essayist and professor, José Julián Martí Perez became a symbol of Cuban’s bid for independence against Spain in the 19th century. Amongst Cubans he is considered the “Apostle of Cuban Independence.” In the photo above, Martí is pictured with his daughter María Mantilla, daughter of Carmen Miyares de Mantilla, a Venezuelan who ran a boarding house in New York.

Celia Cruz Cuba circa 1950s.

20 Photos That Document The Vibrant Past And Uncertain Future Of Cuba

The Afro-Cubana sings with Ester Borja and Isidro Camara.

Babies flee Cuba

20 Photos That Document The Vibrant Past And Uncertain Future Of Cuba
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Operation Peter Pan (or Operación Pedro Pan) was a mass exodus of over 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban minors to the United States between…


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