Cuba before Castro is generally said to have been incredibly poverty-ridden and morally backwards. The unemployment rate was very high. Corruption was widespread throughout the government, especially in Havana. In combination with all of this, Cubans were highly oppressed by the government. The dictator at the time, Fulgencio Batista was a dictator backed by the U.S. who used brutality to keep the Cuban people under control. He was forced to use drastic measures to maintain his country. Fidel Castro was a lawyer from the University of Havana who tried to take down Batista through the legal system, which failed. He then turned to more covert tactics. Castro later leads a band a rebels, the “26 July” army, and overthrows dictator Fulgencio Batista, who was backed by the United States government. By doing this, he becomes the leader of the first Communist state located in the Western hemisphere. He wants to deconstruct the capitalist government that was in place and build his regime in the image of the Soviet Union. Relations with the United States quickly disintegrate and Castro strives for a better relationship with the USSR. He also wanted to secure a spot or Cuba in the International Communist Movement (ICM). He did not consider himself Communist but he needed help with Cuba. He then decided to turn communist because the United States would not offer help. Russia, on the other hand, would.
In 1959, the leader of a revolution,Castro, overthrew the Cuban President, Fulgencio Batista. Castro hated the amount of control America had on Cuba, The mining industry, sugar cane farms, and more. After declaring himself Prime Minister, He sought to limit American influence. The U.S then started to train Cuban exiles who fled from their homeland after Castro took power. In May, of 1960
The United States was initially enamored with Castro, calling him a "freedom fighter." However, once Castro seized all the land and removed American owners, America began to believe that this model would become the rule in other Latin American Countries. The United States withdrew economic aid to the island, causing Castro to sell sugar to the Soviets and to nationalize all American enterprises in Cuba. In 1960, the U.S. formally severed diplomatic
The Cuban people have been under the harsh dictatorship of both Felgenico Batista and Fidel Castro. They both had very strict policies and gave the Cuban people limited or no freedom at all. Batista and Castro were similar but yet different. One major difference that they had was that Batista was friendly with the United States and he had respect for American interest. On the other hand Fidel Castro hasn’t been as friendly with the United States, so the U.S has a trade embargo that restricts and American company to do business with Cuba and also U.S citizens are prohibited from traveling to Cuba unless for special circumstances.
Louis A. Pérez Jr. is an American author who wrote this source in 2002, which was four years before the end of Castro’s rule. The journal article in its entirety was made to explore how and why the US had fear of and loathing towards Fidel Castro. In the extracts, I have selected benefits and disadvantages brought about by Castro are mentioned and explored. The source, for example, mentions how Castro nationalised US property such as sugar corporations, cattle ranches, oil refineries, utilities, mines, railroads and banks. Although it may have initially created economic problems, the nationalism of US property would have been a good thing, as it would have helped Cuba feel more independent and free and therefore benefit the nation socially by creating a sense of patriotism. In another extract pulled from the same article, the four
The Cuban Revolution was a necessary act that attempted to improve the lives of the cuban population through many horrific events. The Cuban Revolution, which began in the early 1950’s, was an overthrow of a corrupt government. Throughout Fidel Castro’s multiple attempts to improve the horrific conditions of the Cuban population, the Revolution became a long and tragic journey beginning with the 26th of July Movement, to The Bay of Pigs invasion, to The Cuban Missile Crisis.
On January 8th, 1959, Fidel Castro and his rebel army marched triumphantly into Havana, Cuba, having overthrown corrupt dictator Fulgencio Batista the week earlier. It was the fruition of the Cuban Revolution, and the dramatic shift in power was about to radically alter the country’s political, social and economic course forever. The positive and negative effects of the revolution on the Cuban people, however, as well as the condition of Cuba’s economy pre and post-revolution, is subject to heated debate. Castro’s iron-fisted regime was the introduction of communism into the western hemisphere, and now, over fifty years later, the Cuban Revolution continues to be one of the most controversial events of the twentieth century. Despite the criticism levelled at Fidel Castro and his communist regime, however, the Cuban Revolution was necessary in improving the quality of life for the majority of Cuban citizens. The four fundamental categories on which to assess this are healthcare, education, economy and governance. By comparing the country’s overall performance under Fulgencio Batista versus under Fidel Castro in these areas crucial to a fully-functioning nation, it can be shown that the Cuban Revolution was a necessary and positive change in Cuban society which benefitted the majority of citizens.
For more than 50 years following its independence, Cuba was governed by a succession of elected and authoritarian leaders, culminating with rule of Fulgencio Batista, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1952. Batista ruled as a brutal dictator and was overthrown by resistance groups led by Fidel Castro on January 1, 1959. Castro began his more than 45 years as Cuba’s leader by promising democratic rule, but he quickly began to stifle dissent often by imprisoning or executing opponents. Relations between Castro and the U.S. deteriorated quickly in 1959 and 1960 as he courted the Soviet Union, the U.S.’s adversary in the Cold War, and began confiscating Cuban property owned by U.S. corporations and citizens.
The foreign policy of the United States toward Cuba over the past fifty years has caused many problems for the Cuban society and its people, and relations between the two nations have been at odds for decades due to the harsh foreign policy stance of the United States toward Cuba. The United States has considered Cuba as its enemy ever since July 1960 when Fidel Castro’s new revolutionary government changed everything. Castro seized privately owned land in Cuba, nationalized several privately owned companies (most of which were subsidiaries of U.S. businesses), and heavily taxed American products which led to U.S. exports being reduced greatly,
For many Cubans the Batista government was simply a puppet regime with the puppet masters being wealthy Americans. This was because his economic policies favoured foreign investors and did little for the development of domestic industries, which resulted in the wealth of the country being concentrated in the hands of a wealthy whtite minority. Consequently, in the 1950s, this harsh regime caused political resistance to reach to its boiling point. In response to these high levels of frustration, Fidel Castro and a small rebel group led a successful revolutionary army into Havana in 1959. This was the first step on the road to a new era in the lives of many Cubans.
On the first of January in 1959, Fidel Castro took over the presidency of Cuba, using his “guerilla army” (“Bay of Pigs Invasion”) to overthrow General Fulgencio Batista, an “American-backed president” (“Bay of Pigs Invasion”). A dishonest and tyrannical dictator, Batista was disliked by his people, yet he was a friend to the United States. He did
In 1959, Fidel Castro came into power by overthrowing Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista and from that moment on the United States was very skeptical about him. They felt this way because they were very much aware of Castro's relationship with the leader
In 1954 Washington’s intervening in Latin American affairs-CIA-directed coup that ousted a leftist government in Guatemala. Few of the most ominous of all was the communist beach-head in Cuba. The dictator Fulgencio Batista, in power since the 1930s, had encouraged huge investments of American capital; in return Washington gave support. Later black bearded Fidel Castro engineered a revolution that denounced the Yankee imperialists and began to expropriate valuable American properties in pursuing a land-distribution program. Washington, finally gave up patience and released Cuba from “imperialistic slavery by cutting off they heavy U.S. imports of Cuban sugar. This lead into further retaliation from Castro to confiscate Yankee property which
After it became officially globally acknowledged that Cuba was in fact a communist state and was being led through a dictatorship run by Castro, it did not take long before powerful enemies and essential allies were formed. The act of seizing all foreign land with none or very little compensation was received with great hostility amongst those who lost in their property through this process, and probably the reaction that had the biggest impact on Cuba’s economy was that of the US. Castro’s communistic policies did not of course help calm this resentment and also took part in leading to the establishment of trade embargos with Cuba from the US. This meant that Cuba would now lose a very valuable buyer of their precious sugar,  but they did however gain another one, a powerful nation that shared quite similar Marxist ideals and were quick to form an alliance with the Cubans, the USSR.