FIDEL CASTRO Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Fidel Castro has been the leader of Cuba since 1959, and he became the leader by overthrowing the regime of Fulgencio Batista, and then transformed Cuba into the Western Hemispheres first communist state. Growing up he attended Catholic schools and studied law at the University of Havana. It was during his school years that he became politically active, he used violence and student activism as his means to attract attention. He was fiercely Nationalistic and was an outspoken critic of the US’s influence over Cuba, and he easily found a receptive audience. He joined forces with many individuals including Che Guevara and together they overthrew the government and took leadership of the country.


He has stayed a highly controversial leader, where some praise him as a legitimate and popular leader, and others view him as a ruthless dictator. He has always had strained relations with the United States, with the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, and the Cuban Missile crisis in 1962. There is a trade embargo between the US and Cuba and Americans cannot travel there. Since he has been in power, he has outlasted American Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerry Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton.