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Ray Coomb's raft

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Ray Coomb's raft

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


Immigration and Migration
A Nation of Immigrants: Latino Stories — Flight to Freedom: Caribbean Rafters


raft coombs
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
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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