Journey through history: exploring a Soviet-era tourist map of Cuba

Journey through history: exploring a Soviet-era tourist map of Cuba

Maps have a unique way of taking us on journeys through time and space. Earlier we wrote about the GDR/DDR map and a map of Sweden with mysterious notes from its previous owner. In this post, we invite you to embark on an adventure as we delve into the details of an original tourist map of Cuba from the Soviet era. Printed in Russian (Cyrillic) and bearing the marks of its production, this map offers a glimpse into the history, landscapes, and relationship between Cuba and the USSR during that era.

Details of this map

This Soviet-era tourist map of Cuba provides a captivating snapshot of the island's geography and attractions. Russian label "Куба" (Kuba), measuring 81.5 x 42.5 cm (32.0 x 16.7 inches). Produced by the Main Department of Geodesy and Cartography (GUGK), by N.A. Perfilieva and L.I. Olshanskaya.

Original tourist map of Cuba (Куба), soviet era, Russian text Russia, Soviet-Union GUGK 1969, N.A. Perfilieva, L.I. Olshanskaya Factory No. 5 September 4, 1970 81,5 x 42,5 cm / 32,0 x 16,7 inches

Soviet-Cuban relations

During the era when this map was created, the relationship between Cuba and the USSR was strong and multifaceted. Following the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro embraced socialist ideology and sought close ties with the Soviet Union. This marked the beginning of a partnership that lasted for decades and had a significant impact on Cuba's political, economic, and cultural landscape. The USSR provided vital support to Cuba in various areas, including economic aid, military assistance, and infrastructure development. This support enabled Cuba to strengthen its position and pursue ambitious social and economic policies. The collaboration between the two nations extended to multiple sectors, such as education, healthcare, and agriculture.

This map is available in our webshop

If you're interested in owning a piece of history, this map is available for purchase on our webshop.

(Note: for more details of the map, please take a look at the image with the description from the printers, the last picture on the productpage.)

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