Los Lanceros, the memorial sculpture of the Batalla del Pantano de Vargas. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Visiting Boyacá, Santander, and Norte de Santander

Located north of Bogotá, the mountainous departments of Boyacá, Santander, and Norte de Santander are rich in history, natural beauty, and outdoor activities. Learn about the area and how to plan your time to make the most of your visit.

The Customs House dates back to 1751. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Explore Christiansted National Historic Site

Comprising five historic structures dating to the earliest days of Danish colonization, Christiansted National Historic Site is the natural starting point for any exploration of historic Christiansted. Take a moment to enjoy the view outside on the expansive lawns, then delve into the site’s history by exploring inside.

Entrance gate to the United Hebrew Congregation Cemetery in Guanabacoa, Cuba.

Jewish History and Heritage Sites in Cuba

A brief look at Jewish history in Cuba from the arrival of Luis de Torres in 1492 as the first Jew in Cuba to the high point of the community mid-20th century to today. A handful of Jewish heritage sites remain open to the public, including Cuba’s oldest synagogue and a Holocaust museum.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Sights in Zulueta (Calle Agramonte)

Calle Agramonte, more commonly referred to by its colonial name of Zulueta, is home to several sights worth making time to see. Especially make time to see the museums in the area, one dedicated to the history of the revolution, one to antique firefighting memorabilia, and one to Cuban artwork of all kinds.

Remnant of one of Havana's old city walls. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Havana’s City Walls

Learn the story of Havana’s massive, fortified city walls, began on February 3, 1674, finished 1697, and demolished 1863. Today, only fragments remain scattered along the boundaries of the old city.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza in old Havana, Cuba.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza in Havana

Built in medieval fashion, Castillo de la Real Fuerza is the oldest of the four forts that guarded the New World’s most precious harbor. Strategically useless in its placement, the governors of Cuba nonetheless lived here until 1762. Plan a visit to tour its halls, learn about its history and residents of note, and browse its naval museum.

A six-foot statue of Queen Lili‘uokalani located in downtown Honolulu.

The End of the Kingdom of Hawaii

Like the Hawaiian people themselves, the Kamehameha dynasty in the mid-1800s was dying from within. Learn about the decline of the Hawaiian royal line, its fall to an unpopular coup, and how the Hawaiian Islands came to be a part of the United States of America.