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Some Maryland-based businesses look to Cuban frontier
Some Maryland-based businesses look to Cuban frontier

Before the Cuban Revolution, Maryland's relationship with the Caribbean island was lots of sugar and spice. Baltimore-based McCormick & Co. and the defunct Baltimore Spice Co. did business there, and when a sugar refinery opened in 1922, a U.S. senator from Maryland called Cuba, with its sugar cane fields, "a suburb of Baltimore." The refinery has since become Domino, the waterfront landmark. While the revolution in 1959 and the U.S. economic embargo that followed put an end to the sweet deal for Maryland and Cuba — once one of Baltimore's biggest export customers — President Barack Obama has recently raised the prospect of renewed trade. Obama's...

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