Historic U.S. Cruise Arrives in Cuba

Relations between Cuba and the United States take another step forward… For the first time in almost 40 years, a U.S. flagged cruise ship with American and Cuban-American tourists on board has arrived in the port of Havana, Cuba.

The cruise ship, Adonia, set sail from Miami, Florida carrying about 700 passengers to the communist-run island. The historic trip is the latest milestone in the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Diplomatic refers to the work of maintaining a good relationship.

Since the Cold War in the 1960s up until 2014, tensions were high between the U.S. and Cuba. In an effort to mend the relationship, President Obama announced a new policy in dealing with our neighboring country in 2014, which included opening channels of travel and trade.

The cruise ship will make three stops in Cuba before heading back to the United States.

Instructional Links

Encyclopedia Article: World Book Kids, Cuba

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Website Article: U. S. Department of State, Cuba, History of Diplomatic Relations


Primary Sources and Lesson Plan: National Archives, Docs Teach, Benjamin Franklin: Politician and Diplomat


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