Dominic Gold (letter, 28 October) made sensible suggestions for the involvement of the British architectural community in Havana's restoration. Might not Great Britain follow the lead of other foreign governments and organisations and select an 18th-century palace to sponsor? One possible use for it could be as a museum of the British occupation of Havana from 1762-63, a stirring story of brilliant British military and naval planning and Spanish and Cuban courage and tenacity. The hundreds of fascinating artefacts in existence, as well as a sizeable collection of paintings and prints relating to the event, could then be housed under one roof. As Dominic Gold suggests, British architects could become involved in the building's restoration.
The British departed from Havana in 1763, having broken the stranglehold of the Spanish trade monopoly. Might not the British in 1993, 230 years later, help the Cubans to avoid the dual stranglehold of American embargo and American culture?