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Cuba Essay Topics

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Cuba is a complicated country with an important and fascinating history and culture. This lesson offers a series of essay topics you can use to get your students thinking and writing about Cuba from a variety of perspectives.

Writing About Cuba

If you're teaching your students about Latin America and the Caribbean, you'll probably spend some time focusing on the island of Cuba. Cuba has a complicated history and a rich culture that has made many different contributions. Many students will know only the most stereotypical or superficial things about Cuba, so they'll benefit from a more in-depth study.

One thing you can do to deepen your students' understanding of Cuba is to have them write essays about the country. Writing about Cuba will give students a chance to appreciate what makes the island unique. The topics in this lesson give your students structure and starting points as they think critically about Cuba.

Topics About History

Cuba's history is rich and nuanced, and some aspects of it will be really novel for students. This section offers essay topics related to different aspects of Cuban history.

  • Describe the history of Cuba's indigenous population and what we know about life in Cuba prior to Spanish colonization. What kinds of societies existed on the island, and how were they similar to and different from other indigenous Latin American societies?
  • What were some of the changes that occurred in Cuba over the course of Spanish rule, from 1492 to 1898? Explain what kinds of governmental structures were put in place as well as how the Spaniards related to the indigenous populations.
  • List at least three different factors that led the Cuban people to desire independence from Spain, and explain how each of the factors you have listed contributed to the achievement of independence.
  • What were some of the things that happened as a result of the Cuban Revolution in 1959? What were the causes leading up to the Revolution, and what effect did it have on Cuban society?
  • How did Cuba come to be a Communist country, and what were some of the specific aspects of Communism in Cuba at its beginning?
  • What is the current nature of Cuban politics, government, and society? How would you characterize the society, and how can you see its historical roots in how it is presently structured?

Topics About Culture

Cuban culture is varied and intricate, and many students will find its traditions really interesting. Here, you will find essay topics oriented toward helping students understand Cuban culture.

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