Fidel Castro Essay

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Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born on August 13, 1926 (though some say he was born a year later), near Birán, located in Cuba's eastern Oriente province. In 1959, he used guerilla warfare to successfully overthrow Cuban leader Batista, and was sworn in as Prime Minister of Cuba. As Prime Minister, Castro's regime established secret military and economic relations with the Soviet Union, leading to the Cuban Missile Crisis. He served as Prime Minister until 1976, when he became President of Cuba. Early Life Castro was the third of six children, including his two brothers, Raul and Ramon; and three sisters, Angelita, Emma and Augustina. His father, Angel, was a well-off sugar plantation owner, who was a native of Spain. His mother, Lina Ruz Gonzalez, was a maid to Angel's first wife, Maria Luisa Argota, at the time of Fidel's birth. When Fidel was 15, his father dissolved his first marriage and married Fidel's mother. At age 17, Fidel was officially recognized by his father and his name was changed from Ruz to Castro. Educated in private Jesuit boarding schools, Castro grew up in flush circumstances amid the poverty of Cuba's people. Even though, he was intellectually gifted, Castro had more interest in sports than his studies. He attended El Colegio de Belen and was a pitcher for the school's baseball team. He graduated in 1945, and entered the University of Havana as a law student, and was engrossed in the political climate of Cuban nationalism, anti-imperialism and socialism. Dogmatic Revolutions and Detentions In 1947, Castro became increasingly zealous about communal justice. He traveled to the Dominican Republic to join a voyage attempting to overthrow Rafael Trujillo. The upheaval failed before it got started, but the incident didn't diminish Castro's passion for reform. Soon returning to university, Castro joined the Partido Ortodoxo, an anticommunist

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