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Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean meet. Havana is the largest city and capital.

Cuba is a developing country with a planned economy that is dominated by the exports of sugar, tobacco, coffee and skilled labor.

In 1956, Fidel Castro and about 80 supporters landed from the yacht Granma in an attempt to start a rebellion against the Batista government.

It was not until 1958 that Castro's July 26th Movement emerged as the leading revolutionary group.

In February 2008, Fidel Castro announced his resignation as President of Cuba.On February 24 his brother, Raúl Castro, was declared the new President. In his inauguration speech, Raúl promised that some of the restrictions on freedom in Cuba would be removed.

Cuban music is very rich and is the most commonly known expression of culture. The central form of this music is Son, which has been the basis of many other musical styles like salsa, rumba and mambo and an upbeat derivation of the rumba, the cha-cha-cha. Rumba music originated in early Afro-Cuban culture.

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