Fidel Castro By: Stefano Astudillo

The land of Cuba had many propaganda that portrayed Fidel Castro as a hero and savior of the country of Cuba.

"Capitalism is using its money; we socialists throw it away." - Fidel Castro

"I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating... because it causes war, hypocrisy, and competition." - Fidel Castro

These quotes were said by the infamous Fidel Castro, full name being Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz. He was born on August 13, 1926 near the town of Biran, Cuba. Fidel Castro later became known as a symbol of communist revolution in Latin America because he had gained control of Cuba and overthrew the government. During his presidency, he had changed Cuba with socialist/communist reforms.

Castro was well known for his profound usage of cigars during his reign over Cuba.

Before coming into power, Fidel Castro had promised the people of Cuba that he would change and rehabilitate their rights and freedom from the corrupted constitution that was announced in 1940. Instead, when he had become president, Fidel Castro almost immediately took radical actions and made industrial and commercial movements throughout Cuba to nationalize it instead of keeping them private to the country.

Fidel Castro had created many political enemies of Cuba, most importantly the United States of America, especially after announcing new policies like the anti-American rhetoric.

In 1961, the United States ensured the hatred of Americans for Fidel Castro when they had broke political and diplomatic relations and armed many Cubans that sought to overthrow Castro and his leadership. They were eventually destroyed by Castro's army. Also, in the year of 1962, Castro was associated and allied with the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union had sent nuclear warheads to Cuba, the United States had threatened to retaliate. After a short period of panic throughout worldwide governments and a massive stalemate, named the Cuban Missile Crisis, Cuba had come to an agreement with the United States. They had taken American nuclear weapons out of Turkey and had made the government stay out of Fidel Castro's and Cuba's political affairs, not allowing them to overthrow Fidel Castro reign.

People of the country were appalled by Fidel Castro's presidency. As a result, many Cubans fled to many countries, mostly the United States of America, as immigrants to gain and live a better life.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Fidel Castro's power had weakened and softened. He had first seen the economic downfall and allowed the liberalization of the economy while still maintaining constriction in Cuba's political life. Later in 1993, Fidel Castro had finally allowed and lifted the restrictions that kept the people of Cuba from leaving, creating a massive exodus of Cubans towards the United States. He had even allowed Pope John Paul II to visit for the first time in 1998. But he then strengthened control of Cuba after becoming an ally with Venezuela and Hugo Chavez in 2003.

After many years of ruling over Cuba with an iron fist, Fidel Castro's age caught up to him as he gained illnesses and was at a poor state of health.

Due to an intestinal disease, Fidel Castro ended up terminating his presidency of Cuba in 2006 and gave his power to his brother Raul Castro. Over the years, Fidel Castro gave a couple of speeches to Cuba and still had some say in the political affairs of Cuba. Everything ended for him as he was put down in his grave on November 26, 2016 in Cuba. After creating Cuba into the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere and his evil tyranny, the complete control of Cuba was handed down to Raul Castro.

How did Fidel Castro tie into the 8 themes of world history?

The main themes that Fidel Castro represented was Power and Authority and Economics.

Power and Authority : Fidel Castro followed the idea of a complete dictatorship throughout his whole presidency of Cuba. Anybody who had tried to stand up to him or anything and anybody that portrayed him poorly in the country of Cuba was eliminated or thrown in jail most of the time.

Economics : Fidel Castro was a socialist at heart, but not just any socialist. He was a communist reformer who had believed and allowed people to think that he would do the right thing with good morals and save the country. However, as most communist rulers turn out to be, he was corrupted and ruled over Cuba as if it were his playground.

Fidel Castro ended up being one of the most notorious rulers to be known and knowledge of him became worldwide along with the condition and state he had left Cuba in.

WOrks Cited

"Fidel Castro." Britannica School, 2017. Britannica School. Accessed 20 Mar. 2017.

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Created with images by Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL - "War maps of Cuba, Porto Rico, and the Philippines" • Luiz Fernando Reis MMF - "Fidel cor 09" • Ninian Reid - "Ah, Havana...with apologies to Bisto gravy" • JBrazito - "Fidel Castro" • dassel - "fidel castro cuba mural" • eddy_ - "6-6-10" • Ninian Reid - "Fidel Castro today (of almost biblical appearance)"

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