Scholarly and popular attention tends to focus heavily on Cuba's
recent history: its notoriety as the world's largest exporter of
sugar and the Western hemisphere's first socialist nation. Key to
the New World fills the gap in our knowledge of the island before
1700, examining Cuba's formative centuries in depth.
Luis Martínez-Fernández presents a holistic portrait of the island
nation, interrelating its geography, economy, society, politics,