The Cuban flag was officially adopted in 1848; however, it underwent various changes before settling on its current design in 1906. The Cuban flag design is made up of alternating blue and white stripes with a white star located inside a red triangle. The red triangle and white star are always located near the hoist side of the flag. The three blue strips stand for the three departments of Cuba, while white stands for purity. The red triangle stands for the blood and courage that was needed to break free from the French during the French Revolution. The star represents the new state that should have been added to the United States flag; however, the U.S. never officially adopted it as a state. Old Glory actually flew over the country for numerous years before Cuba was granted independence on May 20, 1902.
The flag of Cuba was designed by Miguel Teurbe Tolon, who used specifications given to him by Tomas Estrada Palma – the first president of Cuba.
Cuba is an island country that is located south of Florida and the Bahamas, east of Mexico. Cuba consists of the main island and numerous archipelagos – which are chains or clusters of small islands. Havana is located on the main island and is the largest and capital city of the country. Cuba was originally inhabited by Spanish settlers, and remained under Spanish rule until the Spanish-American War in 1898. Shortly after, the country became an unofficial protectorate state of the United States. However, tensions between the two nations grew and Cuba split away from the U.S. in 1965 – it has remained a communist party ever since the split. Relationships between the two nations had not been good, but recent developments have helped to mend fences.
Landmarks & Historical Places
Old Havana – Old Havana is famous for its old buildings, churches and fortresses. If you want to take a trip back into time, Old Havana is one of the best places to visit. Old Havana is consistently rated as the best travel destination in Cuba.
Plaza Vieja (Old Square) – Located in Old Havana, the Plaza Vieja is a historic open space that was used for various fiestas and other gatherings.
Museum of the Revolution – Also located in Old Havana, this museum housed all Cuban presidents until 1959.
El Capitolio – Also located in Havana, this building served as the national capital building until 1959.
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca – an old fortress built near Santiago de Cuba. In 1997, it was appointed as the best preserved Spanish-American military structure