There may be people walking the streets of Havana or Miami who carry blood traces of South Florida’s pre-Columbian civilizations. If so, their DNA would confirm a little-known chapter of shared history: the migration of Native Americans from Florida to Cuba when the territories were united under Spanish rule.
On the afternoon of March 4, 1960, the French ship La Coubre exploded in Havana Harbor while carrying several tons of Belgian munitions, killing about 75 people and injuring hundreds more. Alberto Korda’s Guerrillero Heróico, the now-iconic image of Che Guevara shown above, was taken at a memorial service for the victims of the La Coubre explosion held on March 5, the following day.
The Dyckman Oval in Manhattan’s Inwood neighborhood, once home to the New York Cubans baseball team, was demolished in the late 1930s and eventually replaced with a public housing project. The now-defunct New York Cubans would go on to win their one and only Negro Leagues title in 1947, with a team that included many star Cuban-born players, including Claro Duany, Minnie Miñoso, and Luis Tiant, Sr.