Havana is the Capital city of Cuba, founded in the early 16th century by Spanish colonists. The city grew rapidly in the early 19th century when the trade between the Caribbean and North American states rose significantly. The first railroad was constructed in 1837 between Havana and Bejucal. In 1902, Havana became independent for the first time in its history.
During the Prohibition era in the U.S., a large number of wealthy American businessmen arrived in Havana to take advantage of Cuba’s liberal drinking laws. Numerous luxury hotels, casinos, and nightclubs were constructed during the 1930s to serve Havana’s burgeoning tourist industry. Havana became a foreign capital of appeal and various activities ranging from marinas, grand Prix car racing, musical shows, and parks.
These fantastic historical photos of old Havana show streets, landmarks, buildings, and everyday life at the turn of the 20th century.