Cuban Culture All Grown Up : A Study of the Influences on Contemporary Cuban Culture
Cuba has faced many cultural influences during its long and tumultuous history. Spain ruled Cuba and acted as the island’s major source of cultural inspiration until the War for Independence. After that point the United States acted as a neo-colonial force dominating Cuban politics, economy and culture. The Cuban Revolution brought in the Soviet Union as the major ally until the collapse of the Socialist bloc 30 years later. Throughout all of these changes in alliance Cuba has managed to form its own unique culture using the traditions of all those who have passed through the island. This paper initially set out to find specifically Spanish influences but the research soon revealed that to talk about one influence to the exclusion of others was to miss out on what makes Cuban culture so vibrant and unique.