I’m curious, with the back and forth between the US and Cuban Governments, what do Cuban-Americans think about it. I went to Miami Florida’s Downtown to interview Cuban-American passer-byes.
But first, a brief history of Cuba:
1492 Christopher Columbus arrives in Cuba and they now become a colony of Spain.
1792 Great Britain occupies Cuba but later trades them back to Spain for Florida.
1898 As a result of the Spanish-American war, the US Military now occupies Cuba.
1902 Cuba gains their Independence. A succession of despotic leaders follow culminating in the overthrow of the Batista regime by the “26th of July Movement” led by Fidel and Raul Castro.
After that the US and Cuba more or less isolated themselves from each other until…
2014 President Obama restores Diplomatic Relations and our Embassy in Cuba is ultimately reopened. Travel to Cuba is allowed.
2016 (December) Raul Castro announces the death of Fidel Castro.
2017 (June) President Trump changes the new US policy and restricts travel and trade with Cuba.
2017 (July) I’m in Miami and seeking opinions from the Cuban Community regarding this back and forth.
Talk about showing up unprepared…
I went to where the people are, a good plan I thought. Went to the Bayside Outdoor Market and over the course of a few hours, spoke with four people.
I learned two things relatively quickly: The first, that of the four, two of them were actually Brazilian but had heard of Cuba, the third had vacationed there once but is from the Dominican Republic and the fourth, a man who appeared to me to be from “somewhere” South America, was actually Asian; he did let me know that if it helps, he is fluent in Korean, French and English. The second thing that I learned is that I’m apparently an idiot and can’t seem to tell the difference between a person of Cuban descent and a Palm tree. With that, I’m 0 and 4, game over. Maybe I’ll go to a shopping mall in Missouri and try and spot people in the crowd who are from Illinois. We really should all have to wear team so and so ball caps…
I’m still curious though, but today is not the day for answers, at least any from me. I do wish for peace for all the people of Cuban descent who have fought for it for such a long time.