By Joseph L. Scarpaci PhD, Armando H. Portela Phd

This obtainable booklet bargains a brilliant geographic portrait of Cuba, exploring the island’s streetscapes, sugar cane fields, shorelines, and rural settlements; its billboards, executive structures, and nationwide landmarks. The authors remove darkness from how typical and equipped landscapes have formed Cuban id (cubanidad), and vice versa. they supply a special point of view on Cuba’s targeted historic sessions and political economies, from the colonial interval via republicanism and today’s socialist period. Compelling themes contain the legacies of slavery and the sugar undefined, the previous and way forward for city improvement, and the influence of “islandness” on sociocultural tactics.

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14. Limestone formations called mogotes (haystacks) in the Viñales Valley sprout a unique vegetation cover growing in bare vertical cliffs and on soil where some of the world’s finest leaf tobacco is produced. 15. Cacti and other drought-­resistant plants (xerophytes) thrive in the rain shadow of Cuba’s southern coast, along the Caribbean Sea, in Guantánamo Province, and on the lee side of the Nipe-­Baracoa mountains. 16). The island is home to more than 13,000 bird, reptile, amphibian, insect, fish, and mollusk species.

Soon after the 1959 revolution, the government reconceptualized the relationship between society and nature. 16. a. Caribbean flamingos (P. ruber ruber), Cayo Coco, Ciego de Avila Province, 2004. The island’s extensive archipelago with saline lagoons and muddy lakes provides a fine habitat for a variety of fowl. 2. S. Virgin Islands Aruba St. 3 Note. Data from International Center for Tropical Agriculture (2003). of private property, along with the centralization of the economy and the launching of large-scale, compulsive, and often erratic campaigns for the transformation of the countryside, left a lasting imprint on the landscape.

However, this method was abandoned inasmuch as it proved to be costly as well (Humboldt 2001, 79). ) Deforestation was fast approaching two centuries ago: “Civilization advances with rapid pace, but [little] remains of [the royal palm and bamboo] former wild abundance” (2001, 81). ” This made walking through Havana both “vexatious and humiliating” (Humboldt 2001, 79), which was exacerbated by poorly ventilated houses and inhospitable streets (2001, 79–80). He believed there was a need for police in the streets and lamented that people often walked in them with mud up to their knees.

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