Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson traveled to Cuba in 1989 and 1991 to help secure votes for Atlanta's Olympics. Jackson met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro on both of those trips, according to his former spokesman, Angelo Fuster. HANDOUT PHOTO BY ANGELO FUSTER
Photo: HANDOUT - ANGELO FUSTER
Photo: HANDOUT - ANGELO FUSTER

Cuba: A brief history

It’s the biggest island in the Caribbean, located just 90 miles from Key West. Still many Americans know little about Cuba. For decades, it was considered America’s playground. From the turn of the century through the 1950s, tourists flocked to there. But, by the early 1960s, the countries were estranged and Americans were effectively banned from traveling to the island nation. The standoff would go on for half a century. Here’s a closer look.

Pre-revolution

Fidel Castro’s rise to power

Today

From Infoplease.com, University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies.

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