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Cuban Heritage

Florida & Cuba From Colonization to Castro

1998 photo of Neri Torres dancing with man during a performance by Cuban dance and music ensembleAccording to Florida Trend, Cubans are the largest Hispanic group in Florida. Partially due to Cuba and Florida’s proximity to one another, Cubans have played a prominent role in our state’s history. This guide explores Cuban heritage in Florida and its influence on our state’s political, historical and cultural landscape. 

Materials are generally available through interlibrary loan from the circulating collection of the State Library

Links within the bibliographies take you to information in our State Library catalog or to more information at external sites. 

1492-1897: Spain, Florida & Cuba 

1898-1958: From war to revolution

1959-Present: Florida & Cuba after the revolution 

Cover photo of La Lucha for Cuba by Miguel  De La Toree

For FY2023-24, the percentage of total costs for the State Library and Statewide Resource Sharing program financed with federal money is 67%; the federal dollar amount to be spent on the program is $1,502,070. Local match, which includes non-governmental funding, is $742,070.31.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.