Cuba has had a troubled economy since the embargo was implemented in
1961. Up until that point Cuba relied on the U.S. for nearly 70% of its trade and
tourism. Another major set back occurred thirty years later when the Soviet Union
collapsed. Once again, Cuba had about 70% of its income based on trade agreements with one
country, this time with the Soviet Union. Cuba's economy fell once more into a state of
crisis. Cuba regained some of what they lost in the years following. Then in 1992, when
the U.S. Congress passed the Cuba Democracy Act, Cuba struggled even more with its
economy. This situation in Cuba continues today.
We hope that this information motivates you to find out more information
on the issue and helps you draw your own conclusions on the development of a fair and
human policy toward Cuba.
Other sites reporting on this issue:
Cuba by Gail B. Stewart
NY: Crestwoostwood House, 1991. pages 31-33.
Cuba From Columbus to Castro
by Margot Williams and Josephine McSweeney
NY : Julian Messner, 1982
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