Another May 20th to remember my abuela’s stories

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On this day in 1902, Cuba became an independent country.  

On this histroric day, I recall my grandmother telling me stories of celebrations, parties, Cuban flags hanging from windows and a general sense of happiness around the island. She was born in 1892 when Cuba was still a Spanish colony.

Of course, independence did not fix Cuba’s problems.  The island went through several ups and downs, government changes and the communist takeover of 1959.

Cuba did enjoy a lot of success in the first half of  the 20th century.   The island nation achieved macro-economic success, from per capita income to literacy.   Unfortunately, Cuba’s political problems made it difficult for country to enjoy a stable political climate. 

Maybe Cuba will eventually celebrate another independence day as a democratic country.  We hope so! 

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