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Refugee raft
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
Physical Description
Photograph of a refugee raft on a Florida beach.
Details
Locations:
Florida
Credit:
Courtesy Wayne Coombs
History

The lure of economic opportunity and political freedom enticed many Caribbean people to attempt the risky journey to the United States aboard rafts and other flimsy vessels. Those arriving from communist Cuba were generally given refugee status and allowed to stay, while most from Haiti and other impoverished areas were returned.


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