Cuba Fast Facts
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1492 - Explorer Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Cuba and claims it for Spain.
1898 - USA assists Cubans in winning independence from Spain during the Spanish- American War. The Treaty of Paris gives the US temporary control of Cuba.
1902 - Cuba gains independence from the United States.
1952 - Former President Fulgencio Batista stages a coup with the support of the army, and assumes power.
January 1, 1959 - Batista is overthrown by Fidel Castro's forces.
April-September 1980 - Fidel Castro allows anyone who wants to leave Cuba to freely depart from the port of Mariel. Approximately 124,000 Cuban migrants enter the United States.
December 17, 2014 - US President Barack Obama announces plans to immediately begin discussions with Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations, and that the US will re-open an embassy in Havana. The administration will also allow some travel and trade that had been banned under a decades-long embargo instated during the Kennedy administration.
May 29, 2015 - The United States officially removes Cuba from its list of countries that sponsor terrorism, setting the two nations up for a full renewal of diplomatic ties.
March 20, 2016 - Obama arrives in Cuba, beginning an intense and historic two-day visit to the island, at the same time becoming the first sitting US president to visit Cuba in 88 years.
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