The Beginning of the Revolution

16 Apr

Everybody has their stereotypes about Cuba. Some say that it’s a third world country, and others say it sets a good example. But what about the history of Cuba? Don’t people wonder how Cuba has become the country it is today?

I do. In fact, the story of how Fidel Castro overthrew the dictator-styled government before him is actually quite fascinating.

The Revolution began with former president Fulgencio Batista cancelled the 1952 elections in fear that he was going to lose. At this point, the freedom and democracy of the people of Cuba had be stripped away, and the country was in a decline.

There was no Cuban more angry about the rise of a dictator than that of Fidel Castro. Fidel planned an attack on Bautista, intending to kill him. This event later became known as ” The Assault on Moncada”. When Fidel was unsuccessful in assassinating Bautista, he was sentenced to 15 years in jail. However, at this point Fidel became well liked among many Cubans, and a figure of the revolution. 

As a political prisoner, Fidel and others that were involved in the assassination attempt were sent to Mexico, where they met “Che” Guevera. There, Fidel, Che, and many other exiled Cubans planned a revolution, and headed back for Cuba in November of 1956. 

After two years of fighting in the hills and mountains of Cuba, Fidel Castro eventually defeated the Bautista regime. In january of 1959, Castro began making his way to Havana, delivering victory speeches before cheering crowds along the way. 

As he and his regime made their way to the top of the government, the Cuban people and other people from all over the world knew that this country would never be the same. Image


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