Watch: 150 years of US-Cuba history, told in 6 minutes


The story of America and Cuba — their decades of hostility, why it lasted so long, why it’s now finally ending — is often misunderstood in the US as a story about the Cold War. But in truth, it’s a story a full century older about slavery, clashing empires, and a long-running struggle within America to decide what kind of country we were going to be. When you see that, what’s happening today between Cuba and the US starts to make a lot more sense.

This is a really well done video that does a great job of showing the issues that are only now being slowly resolved go back much farther than most Americans realize.