Cuba's Government And Econmemy Essay

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Cuba is a Spanish speaking country in the Caribbean. It stands in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea with a land mass of 40,369 square miles. The exact location has a latitude and longitude of 21° 30 N, 80 º 00 W.
Though this size is nowhere near the United States of America’s 3.79 million square miles, Cuba has its own government and economy. Some speculate that its size has an impact on the amount of tourism, import and export, that goes in and out of Cuba, but after reading all the articles that I have read I do not agree.
I feel that the reason that Cuba does not get much tourism is because of the long and ...view middle of the document...

The United States had a much larger arsenal of long-range nuclear weapons than the Soviet Union, as well as medium-range ballistic missiles in Turkey. The Soviet Union had a large stockpile of medium-range nuclear weapons which were primarily located in Europe. Cuba agreed to let the Soviets secretly place SS-4 Sandal and SS-5 Skean MRBMs on their territory. Reports from inside Cuba to remove sources questioned the need for a large amount of ice going to rural areas, which led to the discovery of the missiles which was confirmed by the FBI reconnaissance photos. The United States then created a cordon, or a blockade, in international waters to keep more missiles from entering Cuban waters on Russian ships.
At the same time, Castro was getting a little too extreme for the liking of Moscow, so at the last moment the Soviets called back their ships. In addition, they agreed to remove the missiles already there in exchange for an agreement that the United States would not invade Cuba. Only after the fall of the Soviet Union was it revealed that another part of the agreement was the removal of U.S. missiles from Turkey. It also turned out that some submarines that the U.S. Navy blocked were carrying nuclear missiles. This left the decision of firing the missiles at the discretion of the captains of those submarines. Also, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Russian government revealed that nuclear-armed FROGs (Free Rocket Over Ground) and bombers had also been deployed in Cuba. This caused a lot of tension between Cuba and the U.S. as we wanted the Nuclear arsenal out of there country. This would not happen unless we removed our missiles from Turkey and gave Russia what they wanted. Unfortunately neither Russia nor the U.S. trusted each other enough at this time to...

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