Known during the colonial era as the "Pearl of the Caribbean," Havana quickly became the economic, cultural and political center of Cuba, as well as the principal port of the Spanish New World, within decades after its founding on the western periphery of Havana Bay in 1519.

Disproportionately diverse and profilic for its size in terms of musical output, Havana gives the world with a wealth of internationally-renowned musical genres: rumba, bolero, danzón, contradanza, habanera, chachachá, mambo and songo, to name a few.

Havana Bay