Cuban gambling history shows it went from cock-fighting to elite casinos and then after the revolution to an illegal lottery run by the mobsters.
The History of Cuba
The story of local gambling history cannot be told without telling the story of Cuba itself. If you only want to read about local gambling history please scroll down.
Prior to the Revolution
During colonial times Cuba was a Spanish Colony trading much in the same way as other colonies. Cuba was trading sugar, there were plantations all over the Islands.
When the Spanish-American war ended in 1898 the losers, Spain were forced to sign away their rights to Cuba. The US took over control but Cuba was soon granted independence if they granted a perpetual lease to the US for a naval base, now known as Guantanamo Bay.