M iami, the oft-dubbed “Capital of Latin America,” could’ve turned out to be just another very-deep-South city in Florida. Instead, Cuba happened. In the late '50s, early '60s, as Fidel Castro came to power, waves of Cubans fleeing their island nation -- first the wealthy elite, with few possessions, and eventually scores of unaccompanied children -- settled into the heart of Miami, in a neighborhood then known as Riverside that swiftly transformed into Little Havana. The community’s central artery was and remains Calle Ocho, running from Downtown Miami all the way west to the Everglades and beyond -- a street that today sees a whopping 3.5 million visitors each year.
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Domino Park, Calle Ocho | The Washington Post/Getty Images
Calle Ocho Festival | Joe Raedle/Getty Images News
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