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During early April of this year media attention shifted to broadcast the backlash against rapper Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncs visit to Cuba The details of how their trip was facilitated had spurred so much controversy that President Barrack Obama has weighed in saying that he was not familiar they were taking the trip Senator Marco Rubio even threatened to launch an investigation of the trip This backlash reflects the current state of foreign relations between Cuba and the United States It is astonishing that Cuba lies less than 100 miles away from the nearest American coast yet its maintains deeply strained and hostile relations with the United States While the US had been successful during the Cold War in overthrowing such governments that threatened American security and interests Cubas communist government had repelled all American attempts to destabilize it American efforts to forcefully change Cubas communist regime came to halt as a result of two important events The unsuccessful Bay of Pigs Invasion along with the US declaration to never invade Cuba have limited American attempts to overthrow Castros communist government resulting in its continuation to rule Cuba up to this present day History of American Cuban Relations The relations between Cuba and America have not always been hostile as they are today Both countries have historically enjoyed good foreign relations that resulted in mutual benefits as well as period of adverse relations As a Spanish colony Cuba engaged in trade with neighboring countries including the United States As a result the Haitian Revolution against the French which ended slavery the Caribbean trade of sugar and other goods plummeted Cuba quickly took this opportunity to increase its role in the market and become an important supplier of goods to neighboring countries especially the United States By the middle of the nineteenth century the volume of Cubas trade with the United States had surpassed
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