In 1762, the British captured the island of Cuba, but a scant eight months later when Great Britain, Spain and France signed the Treaty of Paris, an interesting connection to Mexico was established. Each country traded some of their newly acquired holdings. The treaty granted Florida to Britain in exchange for Havana based on the recommendation of the French, who stated that if Britain declined the offer, Spain could lose Mexico to the British.
Before Las Vegas’ popularity as a gaming and entertainment town, it was Havana that laid claim to that title. In the early 1930’s its diversity of activities included marinas, musical revue shows, grand prix car racing and casinos (owned by famous gangsters).
WHAT TO SEE
The Great Theatre of Havana-art gallery, theatres (opera, ballet etc.), video screening rooms.
La Fortaleza de San Carlos-an impressive fortress from Colonial times.
El Malecón, a promenade that runs along the city’s seawall and a must for sunset watching.
The Museum of the Revolution-located in what was the Presidential Pal- ace and houses the famous Granma yacht which took Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and other revolutionaries from Mexico to Cuba in 1953.
HOW TO GET THERE
Cancun to Havana daily flights. Prices range from $275 USD to $350 USD Roundtrip.
Regenerative and Esthetical properties
Besides handicrafts, mother of pearl is used in lotions because their regenerative properties help eliminate scars caused by burns. The cream helps lighten and clear up darks spots on the skin and remove imperfections on the face. You can buy the cream ready made in the supermarket.
Handicrafts and jewelry
Mother of pearl and abalone are used for diverse works of art, Unfortunately, with great value comes great responsibility. Since the 1980s, a disease, known as Withering Syndrome, has greatly affected the population of the white and black abalone. In Mexico, the syndrome has spread to Cedros Island in Baja California. It is estimated that the abalone population has declined by 80% from 1975 to 2015. The spread of the disease is showing no signs of relenting. The species qualifies for the Critically Endangered list while other species of abalone are also considered threatened.
/ El Capitolio