Guantánamo Bay Naval Base at the southeastern end of ► Cuba (19°54′N 75°9′W) has been used by the United States Navy for more than a century. The United States controls the land on both sides of the southern part of Guantánamo Bay under a lease set up in the wake of the 1898 Spanish-American War. The Cuban government denounces the lease on grounds that article 52 of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties voids treaties procured by force or its threatened use. Since 2001, the naval base has contained a military prison, the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp, for persons alleged to be militant combatants captured in Afghanistan and later in Iraq. Prior to 11 July 2006, the U.S. maintained that these detainees are not protected under the Geneva Convention.
This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Guantanamo Bay, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Guantanamo Bay. When Cuba becomes independent from Spain the United States of America leases Guantánamo Bay to establish a naval base. Guantánamo Bay doesn't have a seperate administration. No maps are available.
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