Havana, Cuba Havana or La Habana (Spanish) was founded in 1515 A.D by a conquistador named Diego Velazquez de Cuellar. It was originally called San Cristobal and was near the town of Batabano. It received its independence from Spain in 1898 after the US defeated Spain in the Spanish-American War. The Cuban Revolution started in 1956, rebels led by Fidel Castro revolted against the corrupt regime of Fulgencio Batista. After a 3 year fight between the rebels and the government in which several times the rebels/fugitives fled to the mountains for hiding, public opposition against Batista strengthened and in December 1958, Batista fled for Florida. On the 1st of January 1959, Fidel Castro became dictator of Cuba in Havana. The city served as a capital for both regimes and the civil war ended when Castro’s troops marched into Havana.In 1982, Old Havana was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The buildings in this district have inner courtyards. There are a mix of electric iron gates, private homes, and Baroque monuments. It is a beautiful example of Cuban life before independence. In 1982, Old Havana was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The buildings in this district have inner courtyards. There are a mix of electric iron gates, private homes, and Baroque monuments.On December 7th, 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed when Mikhail Gorbachev resigned. The Soviets had supplied Cuba with food, oil, and machines. After its fall however, Cuba plunged into a state of poverty. With no food, people had little to eat. People tried to flee for the US but if the Cuban Navy found them, they were dead men walking. There were riots on the Malecon (Havana’s main street) and Castro allowed a 4 week-long evacuation notice. Cubans were free to go to the US without risk of capture.The Malecon is Havana’s main street. Dozens of shops and stores inhabit the road. It is a 7km seaside drive. It was originally for the middle-class people living in Havana but anyone can walk the beautiful seaside route. You can have thin pizza as fast food on the streets. You can eat bocadito de jam which is cured ham and bacon stuffed in bread. You are supposed to pour ketchup or mustard on it. You can also eat roasted peanut. Cajitas are a box with roast pig or pork chop. These choices are very appetizing.There are reasons for or not for visiting Havana. You shouldn’t visit due to recent social issues (the Fidel Castro reign from 1959-2010 or 2016). You should visit because the food is probably the best local food you will ever taste.