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Communist Cuba And Fidel Castro Essay

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Cuba has been under a dictator named Fidel Castro since 1959 when his army took over the communist party that was running the country. Cuba’s main source of economic growth comes from agriculture and exports to and from Europe. Since America has had an embargo on Cuba since 1962 neither countries trade with each other because of many disagreements about governing techniques and Fidel's unwillingness to comply with U.S. instructions. Cuba’s long history and culture has contributed to many economic and social growth through out the world, but Cuba is still struggling to try to stable their economy.

Cuba is located by the Atlantic Ocean, and is directly located in the Carribean Sea. It is South of the tropic of Cancer and is…show more content…

The population of Cuba is 11,141,997 people. The Cuban culture has been rich with festivals and many religious and historical honors over the past century. The Cuban peso is the basis for currency in Cuba.

Cuba’s government is a totalitarian-socialist regime from a communist state. Fidel Castro is Cuba’s leader by default, but many Cuban’s dislike Castro’s ruling and cannot wait till the end of Castro’s rein. Castro also has his own army, which help him keep everything in order in and around the country. Fidel’s army is also known for brutal attacks on its citizens. Cuba’s religion is 85% Roman Catholic and many take their religion seriously.

Cuba’s climate is very tropical, but also has a rainy season, which starts in May and ends in October. Cuba is known for getting hit by storms during the Hurricane season. The Cuban flag colors are blue, red, and white. Also the favorite sport in Cuba is futbol (soccer).

The biggest differences between Cuba and the United States are the government and economic status. The United States has a democracy where as Cuba has a dictatorship. Cuba is one of the poorest countries in the world and yet the U.S. is one of the most powerful countries in the world. The U.S. sets the standards for other industrial nations, however Cuba does all that it can with their national resources and aid from other countries.

Cuba is a very diverse country, but it is very poverty-stricken and is still decades

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Fidel Castro, The Cuban People’s Leader

Fidel Castro, the Cuban people’s Leader

Fidel Castro and the United States of America have a very tense relationship. The current president of Cuba has helped the less fortunate people of Cuba in many ways, but in doing created conflict between the wealthier Cubans who in turn have chosen to seek homes on US soil in Florida. Castro is a very powerful leader who speaks for the people, in general, of Cuba. Since the 1960’s when Castro took power US relations with Cuba have decreased and instead of indifference to each other, hostility has arisen main from the US towards Cuba.

Fidel Alexander I Castrate Ruz was born August 13, 1926 in Birán. He attended Catholic schools before attending the University of Havana graduating with a degree in law. He was a member of a social democratic party named the Ortodoxo Party, which strongly critized the government of Cuba under the control of Fulgenclo Batista. He then ran for election to the Cuban House of Representatives. The elections were never carried out; instead dictator Batista halted the elections thereby ending democracy in Cuba. As a result of Batista actions, Castro attacked on July 26th, 1953 against the Moncada army barracks with 120 men. The attack failed and Fidel was arrested and sentenced to fifteen years but was pardoned after two years. During his trial preceding the sentence he gave his famous speech, “History Will Absolve Me” (Team 1). After being released he fled to Mexico. During his exile in Mexico he trained and assembled the 26t of July Movement. He gained support from Che Guevara before leaving aboard the Granma to invade Cuba in 1956. The revolutionaries returned to Cuba and hid in the Sierra Maestra mountains gaining the support of the peasants. Eventually, Baptista was forced to flee in 1959.

Many Cubans decided to flee to the United States because it was obvious that the Revolution was a Marxist one. Economic antagonism from the United States caused Castro to nationalize all American property. The U.S. has tried various schemes to assassinate Fidel Castro and continues to economically isolate Cuba. The CIA tried to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs to remove him from power but the Cubans fought off the US. After the Bay of Pigs, Cuba because closely aligned with the Soviet Union. The Soviets provide Cuba with large amounts of sugar and supplies. They also assisted in supplying Cuba with economic and military aid. The money from the Soviet Union allowed Castro to create many of his social programs such as his war on illiteracy and free universal health care. Unfortunetly the alliance between Cuba and the USSR created even more friction between Cuba and the US.

Castro has also successfully assisted foreign revolutions in Angola and Ethiopia. He was elected the head of Nonaligned Nations Movement and has remained a strong critic of US imperialism (Team 1). The destruction of the Soviet Union has left Cuba in a poor economic state and lost...

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