Havana (Spanish: La Habana) is the capital city of Cuba. Its population was 2.1 million in 2012. It is at 23°8′N 82°23′W and is a little more than 100 miles south-southwest of Key West, Florida in the United States. Cuba's main airport ia located in the city.
|Country||File:Flag of Republic of Cuba.jpg Cuba|
|Settled||16 November 1519|
|• Total||1,023.8 km2 (395.3 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,892.0/km2 (7,490/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (UTC−05:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (UTC−04:00)|
|Area code||(+53) 07|
|Patron Saints||Saint Christopher|
|a Founded on the present site in 1519.|
Havana is a very old city. It was founded in 1515 by Spanish explorers. Due to its important location it became a springboard for the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Also, it became a stopping point for Spanish ships returning to Spain filled with treasure. King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the title of City in 1592. Walls as well as forts were built to protect the old city. The sinking of the U.S. battleship Maine in Havana's harbor in 1898 was the immediate cause of the Spanish–American War.
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