Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

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  • Early Years
  • Marriage 
  • After School
  • Castro was born on August 13, 1926, in Birán, a small town in eastern Cuba. His father was a wealthy Spanish sugarcane farmer and his mother was a domestic servant for his father’s family who bore him out of wedlock. At the University of Havanna  While there, he became interested in politics, joining the anti-corruption Orthodox Party and participating in an aborted coup attempt against the brutal Dominican Republic dictator.
  • Castro's Revolution
  • Castro and Diaz-Balart married on 11 October 1948, honeymooned in New York City, and divorced seven years later (while Castro was in exile) in 1955. They had one child, a son, Fidel Ángel "Fidelito" Castro Díaz-Balart (1949–2018). After the divorce, Castro was not granted custody of their son
  • Castro's Rule 
  • After his graduation in 1950, Castro began to practice law and became a member of the reformist Cuban People’s Party (called Ortodoxos). He became their candidate for a seat in the House of Representatives from a Havana district in the elections scheduled for June 1952. In March of that year, however, the former Cuban president, Gen. Fulgencio Batista, overthrew the government of Pres. Carlos Prio Socarras and canceled the elections.
  • Circumstances of Death
  • In July 1953, Castro led about 120 men in an attack on the Moncada army barracks in Santiago de Cuba. The assault failed, Castro was captured and sentenced to 15 years in prison, and many of his men were killed. The U.S.-backed Batista, looking to improve his authoritarian image, subsequently released Castro in 1955 as part of a general amnesty. Castro ended up in Mexico, where he met fellow revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara and plotted his return.
  • In 1960, Castro nationalized all U.S.-owned businesses, including oil refineries, factories, and casinos. This prompted the United States to end diplomatic relations and impose a trade embargo that still stands today. Meanwhile, in April 1961, about 1,400 Cuban exiles trained and funded by the CIA landed near the Bay of Pigs with the intent of overthrowing Castro. 
  • Castro died on November 25, 2016, at the age of 90. His death was announced on state television  and later confirmed by his brother Raúl. Castro will be laid to rest in the city of Santiago de Cuba.
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