Every since I began writing about Cuba I have been asked some darn good questions. Before getting into reading about the country here are some simple statistics. So I don’t lose you here, I have interspersed other great information throughout, but here goes the easy stuff.
The Republic of Cuba consists of one large island and several small ones situated on the northern rim of the Caribbean Sea, about 100 miles south of Florida. This means the flight is about 45 minutes to a little over one hour, depending on destination and tail winds.
Cuba is the largest country in the Caribbean, accounting for more than one-half of West Indian land area.
The area occupied by Cuba is slightly smaller than the state of Pennsylvania.
It is separated from Florida by the Straits of Florida, from the Bahamas and Jamaica by various channels, from Haiti by the Windward Passage, and from Mexico by the Yucatán Channel and the Gulf of Mexico.
Cuba is a highly ethnically diverse country. In the latest 2012 census 64.1% of Cubans listed themselves as white while minorities include mulatto and mestizo (26.6%) and black (9.3%).
US 63,046 (This number is expected to be 200,000 in 2015)
Yes Cubans are having babies, but their birth rate is very low. This could cause problems in the future, as is occurring in Italy, Greece and Japan, but as their economic system is so vitally different than the rest of the worlds only time will tell how it will affect the country.
The 2012 census showed the population of Cuba as just over 11 million people, around the population of the state of Ohio.
Cuba sits in a seismic zone.
The eastern edge of the Cayman Trough is called the Gonâve microplate.
Here are books about Cuba in my library, I hesitate to recommend any particular one, as everyone’s interests are different, but I have provided a link to Amazon on each for you to explore further.
Back Channel to Cuba
Listen Yankee: Why Cuba Matters
Waiting for Snow in Havana
Bay of Pigs
Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba
The Other Side of Paradise
Dancing With Cuba
A very good website, written by the woman that wrote Havana Real is
Another worth exploring is
The hard thing about these websites is that the authors write the articles and then email them to friends in other countries for translation. Please keep that in mind when the sentences sometimes just require a re-read to get the gist.