The Bay of Pigs– Print Proposal

On April 17, 1961, Cuban exiles landed on the beachead of the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to invade Cuba and overthrow Fidel Castro and his government. The mission was an American failure and forever changed the relationship between Cuba and the United States. Many exiled Cubans living in Miami, Florida, were isolated by US policy as restrictions for visiting the country were put in place.

Recently, however, these restrictions have been lifted and the United States has even allowed direct flights to Cuba. What I would like to research through a variety of websites, is how people react to the vast changes in Cuba on the allowed visits through tour groups. Since the Obama administration took office, traveling to Cuba is getting easier every day. I want to find out what places one is allowed to visit , what tours are being offered and if there are still any restrictions on Americans in certain parts of the country. Also, have attitiudes of Americans changed regarding Cubans or Cuba and how have these restrictions changed with each presidential administration. I want to find out why during Bush 43, for example, why were the restrictions tightened up?

Finally, I want to, through different websites, including Flicker and trip advisor get the images that people have captured. I also want to determine if I were to go for a visit, what part of Cuba I would most like to see and what is suggested as the best visting sites.

One Reply to “The Bay of Pigs– Print Proposal”

  1. I feel like you have a series of very interesting potential threads to follow here but I am not yet seeing how they fit together. The change in travel restrictions to Cuba is a great prompt to explore here. Now in the case of looking at what particular tours are offered seems interesting but I’m not completely clear what the value of this question is in terms of either your historical interest or in terms of the digital side of this. Now why Bush 43 decided to tighten restrictions is an interesting historical question, however, it is likely something that would be best answered with other kinds of evidence, namely his papers.

    Now the idea of looking at what kinds of pictures and photos people take of Cuba and share is rather interesting. If you went with this route, you would need to come up with some ways to scope it. What search terms would you be interested in looking for and why? Further, what differences or comparisons would you be looking to find. Images from US and Europeans? Images before loosening travel restrictions and after? Whatever kind of comparison you think would be interesting likely would it would just be great to make those ideas explicit up front.

    In any event, it seems to me like there are a lot of neat ideas in here and I look forward to hearing more about where you are going with this.

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