Why did the USA and Cuba fall out?

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Why did USA and Cuba fall out? Jenny's been finding out

President Obama has arrived in Panama, in Central America, for the Americas Summit, where he is expected to meet with Cuban leader, Raul Castro, for the first time.

This will be the first ever formal meeting between the two leaders.

It comes after 50 years of arguments between the USA and Cuba: an island in the Caribbean, less than 100 miles away from the United States coast.

Now it's thought the old enemies might become friends.

But why did they fall out in the first place?

Cuba and America were friends until 1959, when two brothers - Fidel and Raul Castro - grabbed power.

Fidel Castro, left, and his brother, Raul Castro in 2004AP
Fidel Castro, left, and his brother, Raul Castro in 2004

There have been 11 US Presidents since then, and they've all said the Castro brothers are dangerous and treat their own people badly.

In 1961, the US helped invade Cuba and tried to kick the Castros out of power, but the Americans were beaten.

The Cubans then made friends with a country called the Soviet Union, who were enemies of America. The Soviets then put missiles on Cuba.

It made the Americans nervous and the whole world came very close to war.

Beyonce and her husband Jay Z at a football game in ParisAP
Beyonce and her husband Jay Z were criticised for holidaying in Cuba

Ever since then the United States and Cuba haven't spoken.

USA doesn't allow Cuba to trade in certain things, which the Castros say is unfair on people living there.

It's even difficult for people from each country to visit the other.

When Beyonce and Jay Z went on holiday to Cuba, some people in America said it was the wrong thing to do.

Time for change

For over a year, secret talks have been taking place in Canada.

The US president, Barack Obama, says it's time the two governments spoke to each other, co-operated and did much more to help the Cuban people.

US President Barack ObamaAP
US President Barack Obama

President Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro have already spoken on the phone.

They were the first presidential-level talks between the two countries since a revolution in Cuba five decades ago.

Countries all around the world are really pleased that an agreement has been reached.

They say it's a historic deal and hope their new relationship will benefit both countries.