Video of the Day: The birth of the Cuban republic

Via Democratic Spaces:

May 20th, 1902 marks the birth of the Republic of Cuba, the only benchmark of modernity, civic values, rule of law and democracy we have had as a nation. It constituted a unique experience for a society that after 3 centuries of Spanish colonialism and two long and brutal wars of independence moved quickly to become in a couple of decades a modern, democratic and immigrant receiving nation. After 1940 with the passing of its progressive and modern constitution, Cuba became an inclusive nation based on social justice, rule of law and independence.

Despite its short duration as a republic in comparison with other nations in the Americas, it achieved social, economic and technological indicators that positioned Cuba ahead of the great majority of nations in Latin America, even though most of these nations have lived republican experiences for over a century.

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