Cuban Americans share many of the core values that are often attributed to Hispanic populations. Each group, however, is distinctive in its history. Cuban Americans have had unique experiences during the past 40 years, and these experiences have affected the way they have adapted and become acculturated to the United States. The issues presented here are merely broad brushstrokes offered to assist in the understanding of a diverse group.

Cuban Immigration to the United States

Before Fidel Castro's takeover of the Cuban government, upper- and upper-middle-class Cubans traveled to U.S. cities to shop and vacation. Cuba's geographic proximity to the United States allowed for easy exchange between the countries. Americans were landowners and business owners on the island as well as frequent vacationers. These Cubans were bilingual, ...

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