History - In 1515 Conquistador Diego Velazquez
de Cuellar founded Havana. It was the first town ever
in Cuba. It was on the southern coast of the Island,
but he moved it to its current location in the year
In 1607 Havana became the capital of the Spanish
Colony of Cuba. It used to only be a trading
port, but after it became the capital it turned into
a main port of the Spanish colonies in the world.
The year 1538 saw Havana burnt by
the buccaneers. This city also suffered from widespread
looting in the years 1553 and 1555.
When Great Britain took over the city in 1762 it
opened the port to free trade. Later it exhanged
Havana for Florida the very next year. When
the Spanish rule took over again they made it well
protected, the most so of all the cities in the Americas.
When Prohibition in the Untied States was happening
during the 1920’s Havana was becoming a very
popular Vacation Spot for the Americans.
The nightclubs and gambling was rampant during those
times but in the year 1959 they were closed down.
Old Havana preserves a wealth of Spanish Colonial
architecture, and is a
Havana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
with much in the way of Spanish Colonial Architecture.
With the Jose Mari International Airport,
Havana's International airport making air travel as
simple as it has, the city of Havana has once again
become a popular tourist destination to people from
all over the world. They visit sometimes on a regular
basis. There are many things to see and do and a lot
of cultural heritage and history in Havana Cuba. People
from all over the world visit Havana again and again
and 2.2 million people call it their wonderful home.