One of the major temples of the power of the mafia placed in Cuba in the 40s.
Incomprehensibly, Cuba, it has not centred on this dark but historical and exciting past of the Caribbean island.
He was Fulgencio Batista, in the 30s, being a military man, which met beginning to the contacts the organized crime. After his ascent to the power, in the 40s, these contacts grew up to moving the threads of the country.
The origin of all that it initiated Amleto Battisti. Bribing the Cuban officials was done with the Hotel Sevilla in 1939. This caused rivalries and you fight for the power until 1959, date in which the Revolution triumphed.
Batiste granted to Meyer Lansky the control of the National Hotel and of his casino.
Between the buildings that were witnesses of these two decades of abandon there is the Cabaret Tropicana, the hotel Riviera, the hotel Seville or the National hotel, others as the theatre Sanghai or the racetrack, already they have disappeared.
The hotel Riviera was the most modern of his epoch thanks to his promoter Meyer Lansky.
Other hotels related to the mafia were the hotel Capri, Free Havana (Hilton) or the Plaza, where Lansky was having dinner with his lover when the Revolution triumphed, truncating his fantasies of constructing hotels and casinos.
At the end of the 50s, the money, the game and the tourists, many of them in visits express from The United States, increased. It was the moment of maximum height as for the money that was moving, it was constructed …, the crupieres were not paying taxes, they were considered to be technical personnel, meanwhile, the “bearded” were fighting in east to liberate Cuba of the American domain.
Meyer Lansky was the principal ringleader of the mafia in the Havana, reaching his maximum brilliance in the Summit that was celebrated in the National Hotel in 1946.
In the week of December 22, 1946 the Conference of the Havana took place in the National Hotel. A historical fact where they joined the American mafia, the leaders of la Cosa Nostra and the Union of the Jewish Crime. To her there came delegations that they were representing to all the families of the crime of The United States.
Lucky Luciano rented the second plant to the complete one. Frank Sinatra lodged at one of them.
To Luciano’s part there was in the meeting Santos Traficante, Amadeo Barletta, Meyer Lansky, Vito Genovese, Frank Costello …
In this meeting, the big bosses, distributed the business of the game of The United States and of Cuba.
The National Hotel possesses a gallery of photographies of the epoch that he recalls those prominent figures.
It is supposed that she was organized by the Sicilian mafioso “Lucky” Luciano. In her there were discussed political matters, interests of business and procedure of action. Between the topics to discussing, the world trade of drugs.
Lansky did that this meeting was the most similar thing to a few vacations, recruiting more than 150 prostitutes and doing that Frank Sinatra was entertaining the meeting. The admiration between Sinatra and Luciano was known. Luciano was possessing a cigarette case in the one that could be read: To my friend Lucky de Frank Sinatra.
It was in this meeting, where one decided to finish with the mafioso Bugsy Siegel, since the construction of the hotel Flamingo of the Vegas, which was supervised by this one, had exceeded fully the budgeted expenditure. This one was murdered 6 months later.
With the thaw of the relations between The United States and Cuba, promoted by Obama, the descendants of Meyer Lansky, who was Lucky Luciano’s right hand, they have not lost the time, and claim to Cuba an indemnification for the expropriation of the hotel Riviera.
Lansky founded in 1956 the hotel company Riviera in Cuba. It wanted to construct the biggest hotel – casino of America. For then, in the times of Batiste, the game was legal, and this was costing the tanden Lansky-Luciano to wash the money proceeding from the prostitution and from the traffic of drugs.
The Riviera was inaugurated in 1957 to the big thing and with Ginger Rogers’s action.
Havana was known as ” the Paris of the Carib “, but at the entry of the mafia it turned into the brothel of North America. Thousands of North Americans were landing in the island to get drunk of vices.
But in 1959 the victory of the taken Revolution finished for Fidel Castro and the Che Guevara between others, finished with all these dreams of power of the mafia.