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The Gulf of Mexico

 

Gulf of Mexico, 3D image
Public DomainGulf of Mexico, 3D image

 

 

 

Morro Castle on Havana Bay, off the Gulf of Mexico
Public DomainMorro Castle on Havana Bay, off the Gulf of Mexico
Santiago spends the majority of the novella out on the Gulf of Mexico, north of Havana. 

The Gulf of Mexico is actually considered to be a sea. According to gulfbase.org, it “is bordered by the United States to the north . . ., five Mexican states to the west . . , and the island of Cuba to the southeast.” It’s roughly 900 kilometers (over 550 miles) from north to south and 1,600 kilometers (over 990 miles) from east to west. It is home to rich petroleum deposits and some of the most productive fisheries in the world.