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Cuban Missile Crisis/Ww3? Essay

521 words - 3 pages

Until 1958 President Batista governed in Cuba. The revolution (= Guerrilla war) by Fidel Castro and Ernest Che Guevara overthrew Batista and Castro came to power (8th January 1959)."Long time ago there was a little island where many people were let to starve and everywhere was great hardship. Then came a former non-commissioned officer, admitted the president and made him the head of the state. Then there was much more corruption and despotism. The big neighbour from the north looked confidently at it, because he could now rule in that country. A young advocate appeared with more than 100 men and stormed a barrack to rebel against the head. The attempt failed and the advocate survived but was ...view middle of the document...

The factories, shops, fields belonged to everybody. Everything was distributed, and nobody had to starve, and there was no misery, and rich people weren't there at all. Then the neighbour from the north shouted: COMMUNISM, SOCIALISM!! And many people were shocked, because socialism was a dreadful ghost. It has not taken two years yet and nearly everybody was a revolutionary on the tiny little island. They all agreed with their socialist revolution, and if they have not died yet, they are still revolutionaries today."In the beginning the new government of Fidel Castro made reforms in society and agriculture. Nobody would have called him a communist, not even the USA. But Eisenhower, the President of USA, refused to give any credits for re-building the economy to Cuba, he was afraid that Castro would buy weapons to support the rebels in Latin America who fought for "the equality of people". So the USA didn't help Castro and his "team" but the USSR was more and more interested in the small island. Castro's team consisting of Ernest Che Guevara as Minister of Economy and Raul Castro as Minister of Defence was communist. Like the USSR. Chruschtschow, the Soviet leader, sent his representative to Cuba for negotiations.On 4th February 1960 Cuba and the USSR signed a trade agreement. In May 1960 the relations between the two states became official. The USA answered to this with a trade embargo on the island. That meant no export of oil and no import of sugar. The USSR helped in securing the purchase of sugar and supplying the island with oil. This is an example to show the quarrel between the two superpowers over Cuba.

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