Cuban People. The revolution and its associated politics have played a fundamental part in shaping the identity of Cuban people today.
Cuba is home to a fascinating ethnic mix of European, African and Native American people. Colonization saw a rapid decline in the indigenous Cuban population and as the European presence began to dominate, large numbers of African slaves were brought to Cuba to work in the coffee and sugar plantations.
The revolution and its associated politics have played a fundamental part in shaping the identity of Cuban people today. During the revolutionary period, Cuba was abruptly transformed into a communist state and isolated from foreign influences. As a result of the tightening of control, cultural expression was suppressed and the government attempted to impose a dictatorial formation and structure to society.
However, throughout the revolutionary upheaval, Cuban people continued to preserve their cultural customs, and Cuba remains a country overflowing with vitality. Cuban people are considered to be dynamic, strong minded, warm hearted and hospitable. It is uncommon to meet a Cuban who is not fond of music and dancing, as it is such a huge part of their culture. In general, Cuban people are extremely patriotic and highly value their family unit and local communities.
Other than Raul and Fidel Castro, the current and former leader of the Communist party of Cuba, some of most notably famous people from Cuba include José Marti, a national hero and important figure in Latin American literature; the novelist Leonardo Padura, the composer Ernesto Lecuona; Celia Cruz, one of the most successful salsa dancers of the 20th century; Carlos Acosta the world renowned ballet dancer, and many more.
Cuba is an island with a population of 11 million inhabitants, yet its size doesn't reflect the immense cultural richness waiting to be discovered. With a culture that reflects indigenous, European, Asian and American influences, Cuba's isolation has limited people from exploring more in depth this island country only 90 miles from the United States coastline. But with change on the horizon, Cuba's people will surely become protagonist on the world's cultural stage.