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Carnival Corporation has announced some exciting news!

The US has granted Carnival Corporation approval to travel to Cuba. Carnival Corporation has selected Cuba’s capital, Havana, as their travel destination, which has the highest population of Blacks in Cuba.

Below are a few little known Cuba facts about the country.

  • During the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Cuba received twice as many African slaves than America, which led to the population of Afro-Cubans.  Blacks in Cuba have also migrated from other islands such as Haiti and Jamaica.
  • Slavery was fully abolished in Cuba in October 7, 1886.
  • Havana, the capital of Cuba, has the largest population of Blacks in Cuba.
  • One of Cubans most important legacies lies within the Santería religion. Santería, also known as Lukumí by most Cubans, is a theological worldview that lends the tenets of Catholicism with that of the West African religion, Yoruba. Santeros believe Catholic saints are African spirits. The Santería religion was developed as a result of the African Diaspora.
  • Music in Cuban was largely influenced by West African music.
  • Popular Festivals in Havana, Cuba
    • Havana Jazz festival
    • Havana Carnival
  • The most popular Cuban artist is Afro-Cuban painter/sculpture Manuel Mendive.  Mendive began his career in the early 1960s during a period when dominant Cuban Abstract Expressionism was waning.  This paved new ground by moving beyond the reliance on mainstream western art forms such as Cubism and Surrealism. He is also known for his performance street performances frequently held in Havana, Cuba titled Las Cabezas.  During Las Cabezas, Mendive moves through the streets of Cuba with close to 350 people dancing and wearing masks that resemble his paintings.

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