Cuban Americans - Cuban Americans Cuban Americans are the...

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Cuban Americans • Cuban Americans are the third-largest Latino group in the United States. Like Puerto Ricans, this group has its roots in an important Caribbean island, Cuba, an island with more than a century of close ties to the United States. Through all the recent decades of political conflict between the U.S. and Cuban governments, the U.S. government has maintained a major symbol of past colonialism on the island—the naval base at Guantánamo Bay. • Most migrations from Cuba to the United States have stemmed from political upheaval or economic distress on the island. Nineteenth century wars of independence brought the first immigrants to the United States. Most were from Cuba’s middle and working classes. Some went to New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, but most settled in Florida because of its proximity to Cuba and its climate. By 1873, Cubans were the majority of the population in Key West, Florida. • When Cuba finally won its independence, many returned home. Yet, tens of thousands stayed in the US where they had established homes and held jobs. Theses early Cuban Americans made
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