Ha­vana, Cuba

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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

Photos: Wiki­me­dia

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