The antecedents of the relationship between Florida and Cuba reach deeply into the sixteenth century, almost with the inception of European colonization. The peninsula loomed large in the imagination of the island. The enduring facets of this connection assumed discernable patterns early, principally in the form of successive waves of migration northward, spanning centuries, first by such personalities as Panfilo Narvaez and Hernando de Soto and most recently Elian Gonzilez. It is perhaps worth recalling that there was a time when Florida was once a dependency of Cuba, populated and subsidized from the island.
Perez Jr., Louis A.
"Between Encounter and Experience: Florida in the Cuban Imagination,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 82:
2, Article 5.
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