Cuba Overview Nations // Central America/Caribbean

OVERVIEW The Republic of Cuba, which includes the island of Cuba, the Isle of Youth (Isla de la Juventud) and dozens of smaller offshore islands, is 746 miles long and 25 to 125 miles wide. Cuba is separated from the U.S. by the 90-mile-wide Florida Strait. After Fidel Castro seized power in 1959, Cuba's defense concerns have focused primarily on defending against an attack from the U.S. or armed Cuban expatriate groups. From the early 1960s through 1990, Cuba received vast quantities...


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