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On November 25, 2016, Fidel Castro, former President and Prime minister of Cuba, died. During his lifetime he had changed Cuba and World history immensely.

 

Born illegitimately on August 13, 1926, by 1948 Castro was dedicated to social reform. In 1952, Fulgencio Batista seized power and cut ties to the Soviet Union. Castro and others regarded Batista’s government to be a dictatorship, and worked to overthrow it. Castro was captured in 1953, but by 1956 he was free, and engaged in a guerrilla war. With the death of the other leaders of the rebellion, Castro became the sole leader. By 1959, Batista was overthrown, and Castro appointed one of his own supporters to the presidency, while becoming Prime Minister of Cuba himself.

In 1961, the U.S. launched the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs Invasion due to Castro’s support of the Soviet Union. The resulting Cuban Missile Crisis launched Castro into world prominence. After the end of the Crisis, Castro furthered Socialism and Communism in Cuba, which resulted in economic disaster. In 1976, Castro became President of Cuba, and was a dictator himself. Many Cuban Dissidents realized that by overthrowing Batista, they got a similar government with a more ruthless head.

Relations with the U.S. dominated the 1980’s for Castro. Cuba again was Economically unstable, and the Soviet Union’s dissolve broke ties. Castro became an environmentalist, campaigning against the Carbon Footprint. In 2006, Castro delegated his duties to his brother, Raul Castro. George W. Bush, upon hearing of Castro’s recovery from his illness, said: “One day the good Lord will take Fidel Castro away”. Hearing about this, the atheist Castro ironically replied: “Now I understand why I survived Bush’s plans and the plans of other presidents who ordered my assassination: the good Lord protected me.”

After his health further deteriorated, Castro finally died in 2016, at the age of 90. Politicians like President-elect Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan in the U.S. rejoiced over Castro’s death, and hope for a better Cuba free from Fidel Castro’s influence.

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