Pre columbian history cubas earliest known human inhabitants colonized the island in the 4th millennium bc the oldest known cuban archeological site levisa dates from approximately 3100 bc a wider distribution of sites date from after 2000 bc most notably represented by the cayo redondo and guayabo blanco cultures of western cuba. Colonial rule the history of cuba began with the arrival of christopher columbus in 1492 and the subsequent invasion of the island by the spaniards aboriginal groups the guanahatabey ciboney and tano inhabited the island but were soon eliminated or died as a result of diseases or the shock of conquest. Hugh thomas is a great historian and hispanicist and this book is extremely well written in fact a page turner for anyone interested in the history of cuba author and subject undoubtedly deserve five stars. The us and cuba sure know how to hold a grudge when fidel castro came to power in 1959 relations between the two countries quickly devolved into bitter arguments political grandstanding and the occasional international crisis. From award winning historian hugh thomas cuba a history is the essential work for understanding one of the most fascinating and controversial countries in the world hugh thomass acclaimed book explores the whole sweep of cuban history from the british capture of havana in 1762 through the years
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