Castro Embargo Essay

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Cuba’s relationship with the United States has not always been full of tension. A huge supplier of sugar in the late 1800’s and a leisure destination for Americas rich and famous, its ties suddenly changed when Fidel Castro’s overthrew the Battista regime, announced his Communist intentions and turned to the Communist influence of the Soviet Union. With the threat of Soviet power so close to the U.S., President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a partial embargo on Cuba’s export which led to the modern embargo on Cuba that everyone knows. The problem is this embargo ended a lot of opportunities for both the U.S and Cuba. Financially, it limits trading and traveling opportunities along with work forces it could create. The majority of the world’s …show more content…
The almost 50 year’s economic embargo on Cuba started when the new government of Fidel Castro, following the Cuban Revolution took over. Castro took power, then imposed a Communist regime shortly thereafter. This new government shook the American government considering they helped Castro and his guerrillas to overthrow the previous government of President General Fulgenico Batista, providing them with arms embargo against the Batista government. Castro himself visited the U.S. few months after his reign, touring Washington D.C. along with Vice President Richard Nixon. However Castro’s increasing Communist ideology was becoming apparent; and by 1960 Castro was seizing private land and businesses, taxing American products, and claiming it to be the government. The Eisenhower Administration responded by restricting everything but food and medical supplies to Cuba. Castro and his government in turn cried “Yankee Imperialism” and instead issued trading with the Soviet Union. The U.S. then responded by cutting all diplomatic ties and the two countries haven’t been talking since, except minimal communication through the neutralist state of Switzerland. Two years later, in 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a permanent embargo; not before purchasing a shipment of Cuban cigars, of course and from then on, Cuban ties to America were severed. Becoming increasing aid by the Soviet Union in the mist of the Cold War, the American security opted to try and take down Castro’s government and their

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