Even though the native people were killed off almost immediately, some dregs of their then-fledgling culture still remain, like many words to name towns and rivers, eating habits, dances and games. These elements started to merge into the more solid culture bought by Spanish colonizers. The caravels that brought Christopher Columbus’s men were a cultural sample of the diversified Spain of the late 15th Century. Africa, with a noticeable influx of thousands of slaves from different ethnic groups and cultures coming to Cuba, also added a mosaic of cultural traditions.The process that marks the beginning of the Cuban nationality was the so-called transculturalization between African and Spain. Immigrants were little by little joining those two categories and adding their own nationalities to the melting pot.Cultural development in Cuba is closely linked to the independence wars. Therefore, the Day of the National Culture –October 20- belongs to the day when Cuba’s national anthem was sung for the first time ever.In Cuba, culture and arts are, by and large, thought to be weapons to defend both our freedom and national identity. “Being wise is the only way to be free,” stated José Martí. Right now, a project entitled University for All is underway, and it’s intended to provide televised courses on languages, arts and other across-the-board subject matters for the whole people. All courses are published and sold in high-demand tabloids.