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Christopher Columbus’s take on Cuba? “The loveliest land that human eyes have ever seen.” And up until 1959, that was the feeling of many a U.S. tourist—Cuba was both a close-to-home tropical escape and a cultural influence far bigger than its relatively small size might indicate. Now that official relations are warming up again, The Wolfsonian examines, in its exhibition Promising Paradise, our fascination with the original Fantasy Island.

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Advertisement, The Largest and Finest Hotel in the Caribbean: Hotel Nacional de Cuba, 1953 – The Wolfsonian–FIU, Gift of Francis Xavier Luca and Clara Helena Palacio Luca, XC2015.12.3.20

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