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Browse Cuba’s history in photographs online at the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection

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A few years ago I had the immense and awe-inspiring pleasure of touring the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami. The collection is open to the public and anyone can spend hours browsing the tens if not hundreds of thousands of items from recent history to all the way back to the discovery of the New World. However, for those of you who do not live in South Florida and cannot visit in person, the collection offers online access where you can browse to your heart's content the rich and vibrant history of Cuba.

Click HERE for UM's online Digital Library.

5 comments to Browse Cuba’s history in photographs online at the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection

  • Rayarena

    That has to be photoshopped exile propaganda! I saw the "Godfather II," Sean Connery's "Cuba," and I read the NYT's. That looks far too European and prosperous. Havana was a vast shanty town akin to Port au Prince, Haiti. Just look at wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HavanaSlums1954.jpg

  • asombra

    Sometimes I think that the mighty impressive accomplishments of pre-Castro Cuba (spectacular by "Latin" standards) were a kind of lucky run that came to an end because it was driven by an exceptional minority, which over-achieved so much that it aroused the envy and resentment of what was evidently the majority--and that majority opted to kill the goose that laid the golden eggs when given the chance by the "revolution.". The idea was to knock down the over-achievers, supplant them, get their stuff and become the new top dogs, except these new dogs were duds, so when the reserves built up by the old guard ran out, the new system simply couldn't deliver. Hence the parasitism that characterizes Cuba to this day.

  • Rayarena

    Asombra, you hit the nail on the head. That in a nutshell explains the Cuban situation. Very sad. Yes, we too were pretty LATRINO.

  • asombra

    What happened in Cuba simply isn't rational; it was like cutting off your head to spite your nose. It made no sense, which means it had to be based on highly dysfunctional "reasoning" (read perversity). It would have made much more sense in a place like the Dominican Republic or Guatemala or Peru, places far behind Cuba at the time. Why didn't it happen in such places, then? No doubt for various reasons, but one of them may well be a more "even" population, for the most part. The go-getters and successful people in Cuba were a sizeable number, not just a few rich oligarchs, so they couldn't be rationalized away as the inevitable tiny coterie of fat cats lucky enough to be born into money and power, which may be put down to "fate." In other words, there were enough Cubans doing well and going places to make those who weren't feel like relative failures, with the concomitant envy and resentment, as if they were being cheated somehow. Apparently, there were a LOT of the latter kind, enough to make them extremely dangerous when co-opted and "validated" by the eminently opportunistic power structure, which naturally put them to use for its purposes. Alas, disaster ensued.

  • To get to the nut of what happened in Cuba--you can spend weeks in libraries, Google-up-a-storm, etc...or read the comments on Babalu blog.

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