Fidel Castro Is Alive

1443 WordsJul 10, 20186 Pages
Upon his release, Castro went to Mexico where he spent the next year organizing the "26th of July Movement", which was based on the date of the failed Santiago de Cuba barracks attack. On December 2, 1956, Castro and the rest his fellow rebels of the 26th of July Movement landed on Cuban soil with the intention of starting a revolution. They were only met with the welcome of heavy Batista defenses, causing nearly everyone in the Movement to be killed. Barely anyone escaped, and those who did which included Castro and his brother Raúl fled the scene to avoid being jailed. For the next two years, Castro continued guerrilla attacks and succeeded in gaining large numbers radical followers. Using guerrilla warfare tactics, Castro became known…show more content…
Fidel and the Soviet Union then saw that their relationship could be very beneficial and this incident helped lead to their decision to place nuclear missiles in Cuba. Only a few months after the United States’ sponsored Cuban invasion at the Bay of Pigs, Fidel Castro had declared himself to be Marxist-Leninist, obligating the Soviet Union to protect his vulnerable communist nation. After Fidel asked the Soviet Union for weapons, trade alliances, and even Soviet soldiers, the Soviets suggested a different approach - medium-range ballistic missiles. Castro agreed, and in 1962, Cuba was the center of world focus when the United States discovered the construction sites of Soviet nuclear missiles on Cuban soil. Posing an obvious threat to American safety, the Cuban Missile Crisis, brought the world the closest it ever came to nuclear war. As the tensions of the Missile Crisis grew, Castro wrote Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev urging him to use the missiles and to sacrifice Cuba if necessary. Being only 90 miles from the US mainland, President Kennedy urged a need for the missiles to be dismantled. The Soviet Union finally agreed to remove the missiles on the condition that the United States dismantles its nuclear weapons deployed in Turkey and that they sign a pledge not to invade Cuba. Significantly,
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