Havana (alternatively spelt Habana) is the capital and largest city in the U.S. state of Cuba, and as of 2010 is the seventh largest city in the United States of America. The city is located on the northern coast of western Cuba, bordered by the cities of South Havana to the south, Marianao to the west and Roslyn to the east, and the Caribbean Sea to the north.
Havana is the oldest major city in the United States, having been founded by the Spanish in the 1500's. Havana was the site of the Battle of Havana during the Canadian War, and emerged as a key port for American goods arriving in Cuba during the 19th century. The city has experienced boom and bust cycles throughout its history, the most notable population explosion occurring between the 1930's and 1960's during a brief period in which the state encouraged legalized gambling. Today, the city is a major financial, cultural, and commercial hub for the Caribbean and southern United States.