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VOYAThis expansive and detailed resource will be invaluable to teachers and librarians with its wealth of well-documented data on this Caribbean island nation, only ninety miles from U.S. shores. In eight clearly defined chapters, Staten presents a concise and well-balanced overview of Cuba's rich and turbulent history from its early settlement by Taino Indians in 1250. Coverage includes its discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1492 and subsequent colonization by Spain; the wars of independence and intervention by the United States in the early twentieth century; the rise and fall of Fulgencio Batista; and Fidel Castro's Marxist revolution in 1959 and its ties to the Soviet Union. More recent events discussed are the various economic reforms and the aftereffects of the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. The book concludes with an analytical look at the current situation in Cuba, and offers educated conjectures as to what the future might hold for this troubled nation whose gallant and resilient people have faced numerous challenges and hardships with courage, equanimity, and an unquenchable zest for life. A time line, a list of notable people in the history of Cuba, and a bibliographic essay complement the text. Translations are given for Spanish words within the text, and ample notes follow each chapter. This informative, highly readable edition is educational, timely, and a great addition to reference shelves in any library. 2003, Greenwood, 184p.; Index. Maps. Biblio., PLB. Ages 11 to Adult.