Fidel Castro And The Fiban Revolution

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Fidel Castro was an important figure in history- both Cuban and global. He was the leader of the Cuban Revolution, an event which [insert explanation], and was the head of the government until 2008. After that, he passed his power over to his brother Raul Castro. In 1926 near the town of Biran, Fidel was born as the third of six children of the Ruz family. His father had been a sugar plantation owner who came from Spain and worked with the United Fruit Company. His mother worked as a maid who he began an affair with; by the time Fidel had turned fifteen years old, his father had divorced from his first wife and married Fidel’s mother. Their last name officially became Castro. When he was older in his life, Castro would wed to Mirta Diaz…show more content…
Batista’s forces were prepared; they killed or captured most of the rebels, except for a save group with Castro, Raul, and Guevara who escaped into the mountain range along the southeastern coast. The group was relentless in their efforts, and eventually gained another mass of rebellious forces who waged a guerilla war on the Batista government. Resistance groups were set up in cities and towns, villages and provinces. Castro organized another small government that carried out reforms and controlled production of the resistance groups. The people looked to him for guidance. In 1958, Castro and his rebellion fought in a succession of military campaigns to take control of popular key places all throughout Cuba. Eventually, Castro’s efforts and a major loss of support for Batista led to the implosion of the government and the fleeing of Batista to the Dominican Republic. Castro had taken control of Cuba by the age of thirty two. A new government formed, and Castro assumed the post of commander-in-chief of the Cuban military. Later on in 1959, he became the prime minister after the sudden resignation of the former…show more content…
Anyone who spoke against Castro’s rule was removed, through death, imprisonment, or even exile. During this period of time, over tens of thousands of people were killed. Many others left because they had to; they moved to the United States in hopes of finding sanctuary and a better life. No sooner had this purged happened when Cuba’s economy went into a nosedive; the Soviet Union had officially collapsed, and Cuba had lost an important source of imported oil and an important buyer for Cuban exports. Inflation and unemployment rates skyrocketed. Yet Castro remained calm. He began to encourage tourism and international investment. He travelled to the United States and encouraged exiled Cubans to go back and start new businesses there. The economy healed, if only slightly. His work
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