Interesting facts about Cuba

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  1. By the time Europeans arrived in Cuba, Indian tribes lived here. But, as a result of the colonization of the island, they were almost completely exterminated. Modern Cubans are of mixed origin: among their ancestors are European settlers, Africans, Indians of Central and South America.
  2. In February 1962, the President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy, signed a decree banning the import of goods from Cuba into the United States. But the president himself was a big fan of Cuban cigars. Kennedy found a way out - before signing the document, he ordered 1, 200 cigars for himself.
  3. There are about 100, 000 registered vehicles in Cuba. About half of them were released in the middle of the last century. Therefore, lovers of old vehicles will be able to see many interesting exhibits here. And in Cuba, hitchhiking is legalized, any driver of a state car must stop if he sees a fellow traveler on the highway.
  4. After the victory of the Cuban Revolution, the government actively took up the eradication of illiteracy in the country. Now the rate of literate people in Cuba is one of the highest in the world - 99.8%. This is even slightly higher than in the United States.
  5. The most popular sport in Cuba is baseball. Cubans have become Olympic champions in this discipline three times. Almost all Cuban kids play baseball. True, problems often arise with inventory. Instead of a bat, you have to use a regular stick, and the ball is replaced by a wine stopper.
  6. Thanks to the strong friendship between the Soviet Union and Cuba, on September 18, 1980, the first Cuban, Arnaldo Tamayo Mendes, went into space. Together with Yuri Romanenko, he spent 7 days, 20 hours and 43 minutes in orbit, having completed 124 revolutions around the Earth during this time.
  7. Until recently, only two countries in the world were banned from selling Coca Cola - in North Korea and Cuba. Only at the beginning of the 21st century on Liberty Island this ban was lifted. Bacardi rum is also banned in Cuba, despite the fact that it was in this country that it began to be produced. After the revolution, members of the Bacardi family left for the United States, and the company's property was nationalized.
  8. Only in Cuba can you find the hummingbird-bee. This is the smallest bird in the world, weighing only about 2 g. It feeds only on nectar, and, hovering in the air above the plant, makes its wings 90 flaps per second.
  9. Fidel Castro ruled the country for almost half a century - from 1959 to 2008. No one can say for sure how many times the life of the leader of the Cuban revolution was attempted. For example, Fabian Escalante, who served as the head of the country's counterintelligence service, claimed that there were 634 such attempts. And journalists even slightly overestimate this figure, calling 638 attempts.
  10. When Fidel Castro came to power, he ordered the confiscation and destruction of all Monopoly sets on the cube. According to Castro, this game develops a person's selfishness and a passion for profit.
  11. The average annual temperature in Cuba is about 25 degrees Celsius. Snowfall was recorded here only once. It happened a very long time ago - on March 12, 1857.