Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Cuba
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Cuba mostly consists of people of that are ethnically
European (primarily Spanish). In addition to this
group of ethnic Europeans, another quarter of the population is "mestizo,"
which is a combination of ethnic American Indians and Europeans. Another 10% of
the population is of African descent, many of whose ancestors
were brought to the Caribbean with the slave trade. Among these people, their ethnic
variation can be significant as their ancestors came from numerous parts of Africa.
Spanish is the only official language of Cuba and nearly everyone
is a native Spanish speaker. Spanish is a Romance language also spoken in
Spain; it is closely related to other Romance languages, including Portuguese,
Italian, French, Romanian, others. The dialect of Spanish in Cuba is quite distinct
in comparison to that of Spain and there are also many minor differences in the
language across Latin America.