Cuba previously saw people attempting to leave the country as traitors or enemies of the revolution.
Havana was founded in the sixteenth century and became a major port for Atlantic shipping, particularly the Spanish treasure fleet.
At the time of European contact in the late fifteenth century, the Taíno were the principal inhabitants of most of Cuba.
The oldest known Cuban archeological site, Levisa, dates from approximately 3100 BC. A wider distribution of sites date from after 2000 BC.
Cuba’s earliest known human inhabitants colonized the island in the 4th millennium BC.