Few places in the world blend history as well as Havana. Colonialism. Slavery. Communism. And a whole lot of 1953 Chevy Bel Airs.
What caused this? How could so many apparently conflicting factors – spread over so many centuries – come together with such vibrant eccentricity?
The answer lies in Havana’s bi-polar economy. Treasure bound for Spain built its 18-century palaces; in the 19th century, sugar plantations added railways (Cuba being only the fifth country in the world to have a railroad at the time); while in the 20th century, Havana found itself under U.S. control.Continue