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School Trips to Cuba

This enigmatic Caribbean island has a wealth of history spanning the Spanish Colonial period to some of the key events of the twentieth century

The history of Fidel Castro’s revolutionary struggle to overthrow the Batista government, and its enduring aftermath is one which permeates western politics to this day with the US embargo on Cuba still in force almost 60 years later. The historical events which followed the revolution, including the failed Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 are of course pivotal moments in the twentieth century. But Cuban history is not simply Castro, Che Guevara, Khrushchev and Kennedy – there is a rich colonial past which owes much to the Spanish rule which dates to the middle of the eighteenth century when sugar, tobacco and rum were the key exports and made some in Cuba very rich. Slavery as well was a key factor in Cuba’s riches. Indeed the beautiful towns of Trinidad and Cienfuegos were built on the proceeds of these lucrative trades. With the ending of Spanish rule, the island fell under the influence of the United States, whose habitual backing for corrupt and brutal dictators paved the way for the Communist insurgency and Castro’s coming to power in 1959.

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    Cuban History Tour

    Our Cuban History tours focus on Fidel Castro's Revolutionary movement and on the historic events which followed including the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis

    • Bay of Pigs
    • Old Havana
    • Colonial Trinidad