The Cuban Missile Crisis During The United States

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In Depth with the Cuban Missile Crisis In October of 1962, the United States, and the Soviet Union partook in a political and military standoff. Cubans began installing Soviet missiles, a couple miles away from the U.S. coast. The presence of nuclear missiles made the U.S. extremely tense. President Kennedy announced the news to the world and informed them of his decision to create a naval blockade around Cuba. The objective was to show that the United States was ready to utilize military force if the nation’s security was at risk. Confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the positioning of nuclear weapons, a feared invasion of Cuba, revealing photographs obtained through a U-2 plane, and Kennedy and Khrushchev in negation, brought about the beginning and end to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961 left Cuba feeling threatened with the possibility of the United States trying once more to invade them. The U.S. wanted to take Fidel Castro out of power. He was the nationalist leader that overthrew the dictatorial president of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista. During Batista’s time in power, American individuals and corporations owned most of the sugar plantations, cattle, ranches, mines, and utilities in Cuba. Batista allowed the Americans these privileges. Castro, on the other hand, did not agree with this American approach. He believed that Cubans should be in control of their nation. Once Castro was in power, he made…
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