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An island country in the Caribbean Sea south of Florida. Originally settled by Arawak Indians, it was claimed for Spain by Columbus in 1492 and was colonized beginning in 1511. Spain relinquished its control of Cuba in 1898 as a result of the Spanish-American War, and following a three-year occupation by US forces, the island became self-governing in 1902. Fulgencio Batista dominated the government of Cuba from 1933 until 1959, when a revolution led by Fidel Castro established a Marxist-Leninist state. Havana is the capital and the largest city.
Cu′ban adj. & n.
(Placename) a republic and the largest island in the Caribbean, at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico: became a Spanish colony after its discovery by Columbus in 1492; gained independence after the Spanish-American War of 1898 but remained subject to US influence until declared a people's republic under Castro in 1960; subject of an international crisis in 1962, when the US blockaded the island in order to compel the Soviet Union to dismantle its nuclear missile base. Sugar comprises about 80 per cent of total exports; the economy was badly affected by loss of trade following the collapse of the Soviet Union and by the continuing US trade embargo. Language: Spanish. Religion: nonreligious majority. Currency: peso. Capital: Havana. Pop: 11 061 886 (2013 est). Area: 110 922 sq km (42 827 sq miles)
1. an island of the Greater Antilles, in the West Indies, S of Florida.
2. a republic in the Caribbean, including this island and several nearby islands. 11,096,395; 44,206 sq. mi. (114,524 sq. km). Cap.: Havana.
Cu′ban, adj., n.
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|Noun||1.||Cuba - a communist state in the Caribbean on the island of Cuba|
OAS, Organization of American States - an association including most countries in the western hemisphere; created in 1948 to promote military and economic and social and cultural cooperation
Caribbean - region including the Caribbean Islands
Cuba - the largest island in the West Indies
capital of Cuba, Cuban capital, Havana - the capital and largest city of Cuba; located in western Cuba; one of the oldest cities in the Americas
Guantanamo - a city in southeastern Cuba; site of a United States naval base
Cuban - a native or inhabitant of Cuba
|2.||Cuba - the largest island in the West Indies|
Santiago de Cuba, Santiago - a naval battle in the Spanish-American War (1898); the United States fleet bottled up the Spanish ships in the harbor of Santiago de Cuba and destroyed them when they tried to escape
Greater Antilles - a group of islands in the western West Indies
San Juan Hill - a hill in eastern Cuba (near Santiago de Cuba) that was captured during the Spanish-American War; "Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders became famous for their charge up San Juan Hill"
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