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CUBA A Bright Future Introduction On first glance Cuba is not what it seams One might think of the island simply as the last bastion of Communism in an increasingly democratic and capitalistic world This is increasingly untrue and can no longer be considered a fact It is true however that in the past Cuba has gone to great lengths to make itself isolated this was simply a tactic to ensure that their unique society was not diluted by any outsider influence especially American The result of this political behaviour has often meant nothing but pain and strife for the Cuban people Lately though they have been loosening their leash and have allowed for some more breathing room No where else is this more clear than in the expanding tourist industry that now dominates much of the island and its economy Political Development The political future of the small country has been uncertain since the first Europeans landed on the island in 1492 along with the now famous Columbus Indeed for the first several years even the name of the island itself changed frequently before eventually settling on Cuba which originates from the local name Cubanascnan The title to the island bounced back and forth as well First from Spain then to England after the seven year war then back to Spain and eventually to the sovereign country that it is today During the Batista years 1952-1959 life for the islanders was repressive and conditions pour Initially Batista was merely interested in cowtoeing to the American investors and tourists that flocked to the island but he gradually developed his own personal political schedule Finally Batista was overthrown after several years of struggling with the likes of Fidel Castro and His many guerrilla supporters Once in a position of power Castro immediately seized control of the island and began to instate the basics of communism It
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