The Cuban Revolution

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The Cuban Revolution

Mr. Barron
Jason Rosenzweig
January 9, 1997

After the Cuban Revolution many change occurred in Cuba. Cuba was once a corrupt dictatorship, now and for the past 36 years Castro has led a communist government.

Before Castro took over Batista, Batista ran a biossed economy for the rich. Officials took pay offs, keeping the majority of the peoples thoughts invisible. Protestors of Batista were murdered, and their body's were thrown in gutters. During these times the life for the rich was plentiful, they had more Cadillacs than any other city in the world, and the highest number of T.V. sets per capita out of all the Latin American countries . Many gambling casinos were also present. While life for the poor was plagued with unemployment, inadequate health care, and a high illiteracy rate.

Castro's take over of the government, changed many ways of life in Cuba, most of which benefited the poor or the majority of the people. Education was improved for the poor, there are many times more schools and staff members to educate the young. Health care was improved, infant mortality rate has dropped from 60 to 11.1 which is comparable to industrialized nations.

Even with all the good changes their are hardships do go with them. Castro took over business's, some of which were owned by foreign investors, collecting some of the revenue to help Cuba's economy. Some of Batistas followers and the wealthy fled to the U.S. to escape the taking of their wealth or being jailed. On April 17, 1961 the CIA arranged a invasion with 2000 exiles to invade Cuba to spark a uprising against Castro, this was known as the Bay Of Pigs. The invasion failed, this opened a window of opportunity for the Soviet Union to change the global power balance towards the Soviet. In 1962 a event known as The Cuban Missile Crisis was born, the Soviet Union plant Nuclear War Heads in Cuba to prevent the U.S. from any farther attempts to invade Cuba. The U.S. in...
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