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Country (long form) Republic of Cuba
Capital Havana
Total Area 42,803.29 sq mi
110,860.00 sq km
(slightly smaller than Pennsylvania)
Population 11,184,023 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 10,869,252
Languages Spanish
Literacy 95.7% total, 96.2% male, 95.3% female (1995 est.)
Religions nominally 85% Roman Catholic prior to CASTRO assuming power; Protestants, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jews, and Santeria are also represented
Life Expectancy 74.02 male, 78.94 female (2001 est.)
Government Type Communist state
Currency 1 Cuban peso (Cu$) = 100 centavos
GDP (per capita) $1,700 (2000 est.)
Industry sugar, petroleum, tobacco, chemicals, construction, services, nickel, steel, cement, agricultural machinery
Agriculture sugar, tobacco, citrus, coffee, rice, potatoes, beans; livestock
Arable Land 24%
Natural Resources cobalt, nickel, iron ore, copper, manganese, salt, timber, silica, petroleum, arable land
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Cuba, or Republic of Cuba, an island country in the Greater Antilles of the West Indies.

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History of Cuba

As early as 200 years before Spanish exploration of the New World, Cuba was inhabited by three groups of Arawak Indians—the Cyboneys, Guanahacabibes, and Tainos.