Which is closer to Florida: Cuba or Washington, D.C.?

Cuba, the largest island in the West Indies, is only ninety miles from Key West, Florida.

By contrast, the U.S. capital of Washington is more than seven hundred miles from the nearest large Florida city, Jacksonville.

The closeness of Cuba to the United States has made it an object of American interest from the days when it still belonged to Spain.

The closeness has also made it possible for Cuban immigrants to come to the United States.