National Geographic : 1947 Jan
© National Geographic Society Kodachrome by Melville Bell Grosvenor A Geography Class from Havana University Visits the Home of JosG Marti on a Field Trip tothe Isle ofPines Here the poet-patriot, dear to Cuban hearts, found refuge during the long years when Cubans were fighting for independence. Inspired bywildcat promotion, many Americans emigrated to the "Island of Paradise." Failing to make a fortune in citrus fruits and farming, thedisillusioned people returned home. On March 13, 1925, the United States gave the island to Cuba. Many Pineros still speak English learned in American schools. McKinley and Columbia are town names.