When traveling to a place like Cuba, you are immersing yourself in a different time, from the earliest Colonial and Baroque era to the Art Noveau and Art Deco pieces. The draw of Cuba is not merely its scenic views, yet its history, its people and its culture. The culture developed over time beginning with the conquest of the Cuban natives by the Spanish. This ushered in the first influences on cuban society from architecture to the different roles the island played in the larger world. Since the arrival of Columbus the natives slowly were eradicated via diseases from the outsider Europeans as well as by mass murders. As this happened the people of the island slowly moved from the native customs to colonial living. This meant adopting colonial culture, it’s mannerisms, it’s behaviors, it’s hierarchical society and values. Cuba was able to quickly rise in being a key point of commerce between the people of the Old World and those of the New world.
Many of the structures still standing from the cuban colonial era were military outposts to defend against outsiders, the other prominent buildings of this time were those of the religious nature, theaters and residences of magistrates. The Colonial & Baroque architecture took place between the 1500’s to to the mid 1700’s.