Havana is the capital city, largest city, major port, leading commercial center of Cuba. The city has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, it spans a total of 781.58 km2 – making it the largest city by area, the most populous city, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean region. The city of Havana was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and due to its strategic location it served as a springboard for the Spanish conquest of the Americas, becoming a stopping point for treasure-laden Spanish galleons returning to Spain; the 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. The city is the center of the Cuban government, home to various ministries, headquarters of businesses and over 90 diplomatic offices; the current governor is Reinaldo García Zapata of the Communist Party of Cuba.
In 2009, the city/province had the third highest income in the country. Contemporary Havana can be described as three cities in one: Old Havana and the newer suburban districts; the city extends westward and southward from the bay, entered through a narrow inlet and which divides into three main harbors: Mari melena and Antares. The sluggish Almendares River traverses the city from south to north, entering the Straits of Florida a few miles west of the bay; the city attracts over a million tourists annually. Old Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982; the city is noted for its history, culture and monuments. As typical of Cuba, Havana experiences a tropical climate. Most native settlements became the site of Spanish colonial cities retaining their original Taíno names. Conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar founded Havana on August 25, 1515, on the southern coast of the island, near the present town of Surgidero de Batabanó, or more on the banks of the Mayabeque River close to Playa Mayabeque.
All attempts to found. However, an early map of Cuba drawn in 1514 places the town at the mouth of this river. Between 1514 and 1519 the Spanish established at least two settlements on the north coast, one of them in La Chorrera, today in the neighborhoods of Vedado and Miramar, next to the Almendares River; the town that became Havana originated adjacent to what was called Puerto de Carenas, in 1519. The quality of this natural bay, which now hosts Havana's harbor, warranted this change of location. Pánfilo de Narváez gave Havana – the sixth town founded by the Spanish on Cuba – its name: San Cristóbal de la Habana; the name combines patron saint of Havana. Shortly after the founding of Cuba's first cities, the island served as little more than a base for the Conquista of other lands. Havana began as a trading port, suffered regular attacks by buccaneers and French corsairs; the first attack and resultant burning of the city was by the French corsair Jacques de Sores in 1555. Such attacks convinced the Spanish Crown to fund the construction of the first fortresses in the main cities – not only to counteract the pirates and corsairs, but to exert more control over commerce with the West Indies, to limit the extensive contrabando that had arisen due to the trade restrictions imposed by the Casa de Contratación of Seville.
Ships from all over the New World carried products first to Havana, in order to be taken by the fleet to Spain. The thousands of ships gathered in the city's bay fueled Havana's agriculture and manufacture, since they had to be supplied with food and other products needed to traverse the ocean. On December 20, 1592, King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the title of City. On, the city would be designated as "Key to the New World and Rampart of the West Indies" by the Spanish Crown. In the meantime, efforts to build or improve the defensive infrastructures of the city continued. Havana expanded in the 17th century. New buildings were constructed from the most abundant materials of the island wood, combining various Iberian architectural styles, as well as borrowing profusely from Canarian characteristics. In 1649, an epidemic of the fatal Yellow fever brought from Cartagena in Colombia affected a third of the European population of Havana. By the middle of the 18th century Havana had more than seventy thousand inhabitants, was the third-largest city in the Americas, ranking behind Lima and Mexico City but ahead of Boston and New York.
During the 18th century Havana was the most important of the Spanish ports because it had facilities where ships could be refitted and, by 1740, it had become Spain's largest and most active shipyard and only drydock in the New World. The city was captured by the British during the Seven Years' War; the episode began on June 6, 1762, when at dawn, a British fleet, comprising more than 50 ships and a combined force of over 11,000 men of the Royal Navy and Army, sailed into Cuban waters and made an amphibious landing east of Havana. The British opened up trade with their North American and Caribbean colonies, causing a rapid transformation of Cuban society. Less than a year after Havana was seized, the Peace of Paris was signed by the three warring powers thus ending the Seven Years' War; the treaty gave
Steven N. Samuelian is a Republican politician from the state of California in the United States of America, he was elected to the 29th district of the California State Assembly in 2002. He succeeded Mike Briggs, he served one term in the assembly, withdrew from the 2004 campaign. Mike Villines succeeded the assemblyman. Samuelian is an alumnus of Pomona, he served in a variety of Republican Party and Republican candidate campaign positions before holding public office. He held a number of board positions on local organizations and committees. Samuelian defeated Larry Willey in the Republican primary and Richard Martinez, Jr. in the General Election. During Samuelian's 2002 run for the state assembly, he revealed that in 1998 he had been cited by the police for loitering for the purpose of solicitation of prostitution. Samuelian paid a fine, the citation was removed from his record. Samuelian encountered controversy in February 2003, when it was reported that he was again stopped and questioned by police when his vehicle was noted on the same block of the same street as before.
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"You Make Me Feel So Good" is the third single released by the American synthpop band Book of Love. The song was included on the band's eponymous debut album Book of Love in 1986; the song was written by band members Susan Ted Ottaviano. Although "You Make Me Feel So Good" failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it became Book of Love's first CHR radio hit; the song was remixed for the single by Ivan Ivan. For the 12" single, album track "Lost Souls" was extended by Mark Kamins. Appearing on the 12" single is the'Full Bloom Version' of "I Touch Roses", remixed by Depeche Mode producer and Mute Records founder, Daniel Miller. A video was filmed" and released to promote the album. Side A: "You Make Me Feel So Good" - 3:58 Side B: "Lost Souls" - 4:28 Side A: "You Make Me Feel So Good" - 3:58 Side B: "You Make Me Feel So Good" - 3:58 Side A: "You Make Me Feel So Good" - 6:01 "Lost Souls" - 6:46Side B: "I Touch Roses" - 5:35 "You Make Me Feel So Good" - 3:58 Written by Susan Ottaviano and Theodore Ottaviano.
All instruments arranged and performed by Book of Love. Susan Ottaviano - Lead vocals Jade Lee - Percussion Lauren Roselli - Keyboards Ted Ottaviano - Keyboards, melodicaCredits Produced by Ivan Ivan "You Make Me Feel So Good" Remixed by Jellybean and Ivan IvanRemix Engineer: "Doc" DoughertyAssistant Engineer: Mark RouleRemixed at Sigma Sound Studios, NYC "Lost Souls" Remixed by Mark Kamins "I Touch Roses" Remixed by Daniel Miller "You Make Me Feel So Good" Remixed by Jellybean and Ivan Ivan " * " denotes that version is available as digital download Official music video for "You Make Me Feel So Good" on YouTube Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics