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What are some facts about Cuba's culture?

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Cuba has a diverse culture with influences from Spain, Africa, France and Asia. The most treasured sites of Cuban cultural heritage are the buildings of the Spanish colonial era, explains Cuba Info.

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Immigration has led to the spread of Cuban culture primarily through the cuisine. Cuban food combines influences from Africa, Spain, Italy and the Caribbean with indigenous local seafood, vegetables, herbs, and spices.

Cuba also has a number of historic towns, which were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. These towns are Habana Vieja (now Havana); the former town of Trinidad and its surrounding sugar factories (now Sancti Spiritus); the fort at San Pedro de la Roca del Morro and nearby French coffee plantations at La Gran Piedra (now Santiago de Cuba); and the national Park Desembarco del Granma. However, historic sites such as colonial buildings, churches, and forts are present in towns all over the island.

Another important legacy of Cuban culture is its music. Cuba is the birthplace of a number of music and dance styles including the Cha Cha Cha, the Son, the Danzon, the Bolero, and the Mamba. Modern Cuba has produced famous artists in a variety of disciplines, including literature, fine art, film, ballet, modern dance and theater.

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