For many of us, La Isla de Pinos is the place where many of our relatives spent time in Castro’s political prisons. In the late 1960’s, Castro changed the name to “La Isla de la Juventud” trying to turn the isolated island into some kind of indoctrination school for young minds.
Today, the small island is detached from Cuba and the rest of the world.
I found this article rather interesting and instructive. It taught me a few things about the island and its complicated history:
“Some places are blessed by geography, with a deep harbor, mighty river or abundant natural resources. Then there are places where geography is more of a curse. In the absence of any distinctive feature or economic purpose, they appear like a blank slate, inviting grandiose schemes and outsize ambitions. Cuba’s Isla de la Juventud, the “Isle of Youth,” is one of those places.”
We often forget about La Isla de Pinos. Yet, it sits there as another exhibit of the total and complete failure of Castro’s policies.