Central America and the Caribbean: Government and Economy


World Cultures Central America Central America and the Caribbean: Government and Economy
Students explore significant events in the history of Cuba, from independence from Spain in 1898 through current times. Next, they focus on the Communist Revolution and its connection to the Soviet Union. Finally, they evaluate the fall of the Soviet Union and its impact on the Cuban economy.

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In this experience, students explore significant events in the history of Cuba, from independence from Spain in 1898 through current times. Next, they focus on the Communist Revolution and its connection to the Soviet Union. Finally, they evaluate the fall of the Soviet Union and its impact on the Cuban economy.

Note that this experience reflects events through fall 2016. If any significant events have occurred that impact the content, point out to students that the relationship between Cuba and the United States is a current affair, not frozen “history.”

Objectives:

  • Describe significant events in Cuban history.
  • Describe the impact of Communism on the Cuban economy, both before and after the fall of the Soviet Union.


Cuba is a large island that lies just 90 miles south of Florida. You may hear about Cuba on the evening news. In this experience you will learn about key events in Cuban history from its independence from Spain through current times.

Objectives:

  • Describe significant events in Cuban history.
  • Describe the impact of Communism on the Cuban economy, both before and after the fall of the Soviet Union.




Havana (Capital City), Cuba, 2015


If you know something about Cuba, post it in the table below. If someone has already posted the fact that you know, try to think of something else.



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