Cuba is known for its music, outstanding literacy rates, remarkable healthcare, and sometimes, even Christmas. On October 27th, 1492, Christopher Columbus sighted Cuba, and he named the island Juana. During the 19th century, Cuba had a massive awakening and became a major producer of sugar in the world. During this time, Cuba stayed connected to Spain. According to Nations Online, toward the end of the nineteenth century, Cuban loyalty began to change as a result of Creole rivalry with Spaniards for the governing of the island, increased Spanish despotism and taxation, and the growth of Cuban nationalism. After the Spanish-American War, Cuba gained formal independence from the U.S. on May 20, 1902, as the Republic of Cuba; however, U.S. involvement in Cuba did more harm than good.
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Cuba Rebellion Day: July 26
Rebellion Day is a public holiday in Cuba.
"Cuba celebrates their national rebellion day on 26th July. It is the Island’s biggest ceremony even more important than January 1, when the rebellion broke out or May 20, when CUBA became a part of US republic from the French colony. The date reminds everyone of the 1953 assault on the Moncada and Cespedes garrisons in Cuba, which although unsuccessful initiated the CUBA rebellion that drove out Batista, the dictator 5 years later."
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