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Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba (Spanish: Cuba or República de Cuba; IPA: [reˈpuβlika ðe ˈkuβa]), consists of the island of Cuba (the largest of the Greater Antilles), the Isle of Youth and adjacent small islands. Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean at the confluence of the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Cuba is south of the eastern United States and the Bahamas, west of the Turks and Caicos Islands and Haiti and east of Mexico. The Cayman Islands and Jamaica are to the south.

Cuba is the most populous country in the Caribbean. Its culture and customs draw from several sources including the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the period of Spanish colonialism, the introduction of African slaves, years of close ties to the Soviet Union, and its proximity to the United States. The island has a tropical climate that is moderated by the surrounding waters; the warm currents of the Caribbean Sea and its location between water bodies also make Cuba prone to frequent hurricanes.

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Alicia Alonso (born Alicia Ernestina de la Caridad Martínez Hoya; 21 December 1921) is a Cuban prima ballerina assoluta and choreographer. Her company became the Ballet Nacional de Cuba in 1955. From the age of nineteen, Alonso was afflicted with an by a sight condition and became partially blind. Her partners always had to be in the exact place she expected them to be, and she used lights in different parts of the stage to guide herself.

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Cuban boys playing in Trinidad, Cuba
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Cuban boys playing in Trinidad, Cuba.

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  • ...that the Cauto River is the longest river in Cuba at 213 miles?

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Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada (born May 21, 1937, Havana) is the president of the National Assembly (ANPP) of Cuba since 1993. A graduate of the University of Havana with a doctorate in philosophy, he served in various diplomatic posts following the Cuban Revolution. Alarcón is considered a possible successor to Fidel Castro.

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José Martí speaking about the power of diplomacy over war before the Spanish–American War, 1891

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