Coordinates: 23°08′N 82°23′W / 23.133°N 82.383°W / 23.133; -82.383
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La Habana
Image collage of the city
A map image from Havana circa 1961
A map image from Havana circa 1961
Coordinates: 23°08′N 82°23′W / 23.133°N 82.383°W / 23.133; -82.383
Country Cuba
First settledNovember 1519
 • TypeMayor-council
 • Capital of Cuba5,732 km2 (2,213 sq mi)
 (2022 projection)
 • Capital of Cuba2,137,847 hab
 • Rank1st in Cuba
 • Density2,924/km2 (7,570/sq mi)
 • Rural
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (UTC−04:00)
Postal code
Area code(+53)-829
Patron SaintsSaint Christopher
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Havana in Cuba

Havana (Spanish: La Habana) is the capital city of Cuba. Its population was 2.1 million in the census of 2012. It is at 23°8′N 82°23′W and is a little more than 100 miles south-southwest of Key West, Florida in the United States. Cuba's main airport ia located in the city.

Havana is a very old city. It was founded in 1515 by Spanish explorers. Due to its important location it became a springboard for the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Also, it became a stopping point for Spanish ships returning to Spain filled with treasure. King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the title of City in 1592. Walls as well as forts were built to protect the old city. The sinking of the U.S. battleship Maine in Havana's harbor in 1898 was the immediate cause of the Spanish–American War.

Satellite image of Havana (seen from far above the Earth)

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