How did Fidel Castro’s Rise to power affect current relations with the United States.
In 1898 Cuba Gained its Independence from Spain. Cuba was under US military Occupation until 1902. Most of the Cuban wealth was still controlled by The US.
Corruption and Violence grew in Cuba. Causing the US to intervene a Number of times. This allowed Fulgecio Batista to come to power as a dictator. Batista was originally elected as president and made himself dictator and banned free elections. While he was in power there was poverty, poor education, and limited healthcare causing a need for revolution.
Castro’s revolution took seven years to succeed. Castro was originally arrested and sent to jail for 15 years and was released. After he was released he fled to Mexico to create a new group of Rebels with supplies from the United States. Castro Finally defeated Balista and his government and made himself Dictator.
Castro’s government was communist. All property belonging to any American was claimed by the Cuban Government. The Government Owned about everything. Cuban TV stations, newspapers and radio stations were shut down. The only way to get any news was through the government. Cubans were no longer able to protest against the government.
The US and Cuba didn’t get along. The US didn’t Like that Cuba was a communist nation and such a close nieghbor. All American property in Cuba was lost . Castro Forced American Civilians to leave. America didn’t like Cuba being Allied with the Soviet Union.
Goal: to overthrow Castro Plan: Arm Cuban exiles and send them to Cuba. Then Cuban citizens would join them and fight back. What happen: Castro’s Forces intercepted the plan and captured the invaders. This Sparked a deep hatred for the US.
In 1962 US spy planes spotted Soviet Missile bases in Cuba. President announces that they have Nuclear Missiles in Cuba. This was a very tense and scary time. Solution: Kennedy agreed to remove missiles from turkey and not to invade Cuba. In return the USSR would remove missiles from Cuba.
Result The limited test ban treaty banned above ground testing and was agreed upon by the United States, Soviet Union, and Great Britain.
This Act was created in 1962 and is still in place today. Mainly Cuba’s crops (mainly sugar cane) could no longer be sold to America which hurt Cuba’s economy. With the embargo act, poor harvests, and poor government planning Cuba’s economy soon took a turn for the worst.
Over the past 50 years Relations have not improved. Over the past 50 years thousands of people have escaped Cuba to come to the US. Many did so because Castro would not allow Free elections, Freedom of the press, Freedom of speech, etc. Now the Us only accepts 20,000 immigrants a year from Cuba.
After Castro’s decline in health, he gave up his Cuban dictatorship on February 19 2008. His brother Raul Castro is now Cuba’s leader. It is unknown today if Castro is alive.
Many policies are kept From Fidel Castro’s Government. The government still controls the Media. Limited Internet Access Forbids almost everyone from leaving or returning to the island. Anyone who criticizes the government will face criminal charges .
I think that he changed Cuba for the worst.Why? He took away many freedoms from hispeople and ruined most of their lives in theprocess.
Jerry Lutz Lived in Western Pennsylvania Almost her entire life. Mother of Six 80 Years old
No, I wouldn’t visit Cuba, it seems like a very harsh place where it citizens seem to be abused and have their freedoms taken away.
I think he ruined this relationship by threatening the US with nukes and allying themselves with Russia. Everyone was already scared of communism adding a missile crisis was like adding gasoline to a fire.