There are about 11 million people living in Cuba as of the 2010 census.
In addition, nearly one million people of Cuban descent live in the United States.
More than 700,000 of these are immigrants. They came to the United States since communist dictator Fidel Castro took power in 1959. Most of them are vigorously opposed to Castro’s regime.
In 1971, Cuban leader Fidel Castro proclaimed, “We are not only a Latin American nation; we are an Afro-American nation also.”