The Welcome Sign of Little Havana in Miami.
History Lesson: Little Havana is the most Cuban influenced area in the 1960s. Before that it was just any other “Calle”. It was named “Little Havana” after the capital of Cuba. Little Havana was the best known neighborhood for Cuban exiles in the world. It is characterized by its street life, restaurants, music and other cultural activities, mom and pop enterprises, political passion, and great warmth amongst it's residents. By 1970s, Cuban Americans became permanent residents due to the political power in Cuba. Today, Little Havana is the most concentrated area of Latins and many businesses are still owned by Cubans. In 2017, it was declared a national treasure and one of the Most Endangered Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservations. Born and raised in Miami, the Cuban culture is such huge part of my up-bringing. I basically grew up in Shanendoah where my abuelos lived and my parents were raised. From the walks to McDonald’s where you can see los viejitos jugando dominós, visiting Tio-abuelos blocks away and even Sunday masses at St. Peter & Paul are some childhood memories. Although, I am far from experiencing what many of our granparents and parents went through, I feel proud and honored to be a Cuban-American. 🇨🇺❤️🏡
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