25 Little-Known Facts About Cuba: The Capital Of Revolution

Cuba is the biggest island in the Caribbean Sea, with an official land area of 109,884 sq km (42,426 sq mi) and a population of more than 11 million. Arguably, one of the most talked about countries of the twentieth century, Cuba is famous for its Communist regime and the legendary icons of revolution it produced, most notably the country’s leader for fifty-two years (1959–2011), Fidel Castro, and one of the most recognized men of the century, Ernesto Che Guevara. Further, the country’s politics resulted in the notorious American embargo that has lasted for nearly six decades, while its close relationship with the USSR during the Cold War almost caused a nuclear war between the world’s two superpowers of the period in what is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962).

Of course, Cuba is not only famous for sociopolitical reasons, but for producing the finest cigars in the world, one of the best rums, its classic cars, and some of the most beautiful and scenic natural wonders a visitor can enjoy in the Caribbean. That’s the reason why Cuba has always been such a popular tourist destination for many years. In case you’re planning to visit the historic and beautiful country or you want to know more about it, check out these 25 Little-Known Facts About Cuba: The Capital of Revolution.

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Just a couple of months ago Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Cuba in nearly a century, and the first since Castro’s revolution toppled a US-backed strongman in 1959.

Barack ObamaSource: factmonster.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

Matias Perez, a Portuguese man who lived in Cuba and started a canopy business in Havana, was an adventurer and balloon pilot who disappeared while attempting an aerostatic flight from the Plaza Parque Central on June 28, 1856. His disappearance had such an impact on Cuban culture that whenever something disappears into thin air Cubans say, “It flew away like Matias Perez.”

Matias Perez's statueSource: factmonster.com, Image: Wikipedia


Despite the few political analysts who claim that communism has been successful in Cuba and that most citizens are happy with it, the truth is Cuba is one of the poorest countries in the world, with the average monthly income being a depressing $26.27.

Cuban kidsSource: factmonster.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

At an astonishing 99.8 percent, Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world.

School in CubaSource: factmonster.com, Image: Wikipedia


John Lennon is particularly loved and admired in Cuba; he even has his own statue in a park that is named after him. The only problem was that people kept stealing the statue’s glasses and now there’s a guard who keeps an eye on them.

John Lennon's statueSource: factmonster.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

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