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The Cuban Americans
     

The Cuban Americans

by Barry Moreno (Editor), Laura Hahn
 
The 1959 overthrow of Cuba's dictator, Fulgencio Batista, by the forces of Fidel Castro unleashed a wave of emigration. Most who left the island nation-which lies just 90 miles from Key West, Florida - headed for the United States. And, because Castro was a Communist who repressed Cuba's more prosperous citizens, the Cubans who arrived in the United States in the

Overview

The 1959 overthrow of Cuba's dictator, Fulgencio Batista, by the forces of Fidel Castro unleashed a wave of emigration. Most who left the island nation-which lies just 90 miles from Key West, Florida - headed for the United States. And, because Castro was a Communist who repressed Cuba's more prosperous citizens, the Cubans who arrived in the United States in the first years of the Castro regime came primarily from the upper and middle classes. Later, however, Cubans from all socioeconomic groups sought to escape their country's harsh government - often by making the perilous journey across the Straits of Florida in makeshift boats. In 1980, Castro allowed more than 125,000 citizens to leave Cuba from the port city of Mariel, adding to the already-large Cuban-American population in south Florida.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590841136
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Welcome to America Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.68(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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