Cuba, "the Pearl of the Antilles" and the key to the Gulf of Mexico, is not only the largest, but the most
important and the wealthiest island in the West Indian Archipelago. Its curious shape has been aptly compared
to that of a bird's tongue,--a parrot's by preference. From Point Maisi, at one extremity, to Cape San Antonio,
at the other, it describes a curve of 900 miles, being, at its greatest breadth, only 120 miles from sea to sea.