policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War. By CBSNews.com senior photo editor Radhika Chalasani

On December 17, 2014, the U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Cuban President Raúl Castro shake hands at the start of their meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York, September 29, 2015, another step towards a new relationship between the two countries. and Cuba agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. Kennedy, Ernest Hemingway, Jackie Robinson and Lucky Luciano.. Two years ago, the leaders met and shook hands during the memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on December 10, 2013 – the first public greeting between an American president and a Cuban leader since the Cuban revolution.

Before the U.S. president in nearly nine decades, we take a look back at the storied history between the two countries the last time we had diplomatic relations with the island nation.

In this photo, U.S. As President Obama makes a historic visit to CubaMarch 20-22, 2016, the first by a U.S. and Cuba broke off diplomatic relations 54 years ago, the two countries had a long, intertwined history including leading figures such as Fidel Castro, John F

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