Fidel Castro Newsletter By Ishaan Patel and Dominic Hanna

Lived: Dec. 2, 1926 - Feb. 24, 2016; Part of the Communist Party of Cuba; The Prime Minister of Cuba 1959-1976; The President of Cuba; 1976-2008

Rise to Power

He rose to power after founding the rebel group opposing the previous dictator, Gen. Fulgencio Batista, who rendered the legal system useless against himself.

Guerilla warfare ensued between Batista and Castro, with revolutionaries against Batistas.

Fidel won against the dictator who fled on Jan. 1, 1959

He then influenced the public through propaganda, and eventually became the head of the government

He remained at the top until 1976, when a new constitution created a National Assembly and Castro had to become president of the body’s State Council

Created the first communist country in the Western Hemisphere.

He was affiliated with communism for the rest of his life afterwards

Castro was a revolutionary nationalist who opposed the Batista through the means of guerilla warfare.

Wealthy Life and Hypocrisy

Castro lived a wealthy life after being born into a rich family living off well profiting CAPITALIST VENTURES. Fidel was born on his father, Ángel’s, 25,000 acre sugar plantation, complete with 400 employees. His father Ángel was a prominent land owner and on their plantation he established other prosperous ventures including a hotel, pub, post office, market store, and cockfighting ring. Through 49 years of his rule he moved frequently to many of his top secret estates. The estates were luxurious and place in prime areas of Cuba with much privacy, some locales included Cayo Piedra, La Caleta del Rosario; which featured a private marina, La Desada, Pinar del Río; a famous duck hunting region and one of Castro’s favorite place to hunt himself. When Castro stepped down and gave power to his brother he retired to Punto Cero a pre-revolution golf course property set up by Castro in the 70s. According to one of Castro’s former bodyguards the estate complex includes orange, lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, and banana trees, as well as cows and six greenhouses to grow food.

A replica of Castro's childhood home stands today. This replicates the house Ángel Castro built.

Destroying Human rights

Castro maintained his rule over nearly five decades through a repressive system that punished all forms of dissent. Over 49 grueling thousands of Cuban citizens were imprisoned in “abysmal prisons” - Human Rights Watch. Fear was brought upon even more. Generations of people didn't have the rights they deserved as human beings.

“Castro’s draconian rule and the harsh punishments he meted out to dissidents kept his repressive system rooted firmly in place for decades” - Jośe Miguel Vivanco American Director of Human Rights Watch

Dissenters Corner

Even though Castro supported Communism, he had a good side… he used his power to achieve social welfare, universal education, increase employment, and a substantial health care. He abolished segregation in public places, and was opposed to addictions like drugs, alcohol, and gambling.

"I can assure you that my first and foremost interest is [Cuba]" - Fidel Castro

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