National Liberation Day of Cuba on January 1, 2011

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Cuba celebrates today its National Liberation Day. It is an island country in the Caribbean, which consists of the island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and several islands. The largest city and the country's capital is Havana.Cuba is one of the largest sugar-producing countries in the world with sugarcane as its largest crop by volume and value. A second crop of commercial importance is tobacco, grown especially in the province of Pinar del Rio. Relations between Cuba and the Philippines have been in existence for centuries. As early as the 16th century, Filipinos reached Cuba in Spanish ships and many of them settled by the banks of the Mississippi River in Louisiana. In the 17th century, Filipinos who were brought by the Spaniards to Cuba were altar boys, catechism leaders, and church workers. They were then called chinos. The early migration of few Filipinos to Cuba was made possible by the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade. The Philippines and Cuba were both ruled by Spain for several centuries ending at the turn of the 19th century with Spain's defeat by the United States. …