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Tracing family history in Cuba

Tracing family history in Cuba

Daniel Arevalo,
Contributor

September 21, 2017


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After visiting the calming, yet intimidating ocean, there was only one last main item on my checklist for my time in Caibarién: La Corneta. Illo said Felix had it stored for him and in the months leading up to my trip Estrella received word of my visit and readied it for me. She kept it safe for Il...

A walk through Caibarién in my grandfather’s shoes

A walk through Caibarién in my grandfather’s shoes

Daniel Arevalo,
Contributor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Essays

On Jan. 28, 1962, Juan Francisco Luna, or “Illo,” pronounced ee-yo, left his home at 3 a.m. towards the Atlantic Ocean just two blocks from his doorstep in Caibarién, Villa Clara, Cuba. From a "chapín," or rowboat, to a sailboat, to a fishing boat, there were a total of 14 refugees on board, just 9...

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