Guantanamo Bay

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    Pardon my insane ignorance for a moment (please).

    How/Why is this a base on Cuban soil?
     
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    as I recall, the treaty was signed in the late 1890's and the stipulations of the treaty were such that the base could be there indefinitely providing cuba no recourse to end the treaty nor have jurisdiction over it while providing the US the means to exercise ownership without worries of maintaining US soveriegnty over it.
     
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    So during the bay of pigs invasion, the U.S. already had an army there? or has the base become more or less used since the treaty..?
    I really know very little about this,
    barely enough to even ask good questions! lol
     
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    yes, during the bay of pigs we still had the base there and it was used. Its a naval base with a marine air station and a marine rifle battallion attached to it. It's grown in population since we've had it and currently there are about 4 to 5 thousand sailors and marines stationed there.
     

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