Che Guevara's Impact On Latin America

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Register to read the introduction… The president of Guatemala at that time had been Jacobo Arbenz Gúzman , who was elected in march 1951 on a reforming platform, had set about reducing the economic power of the powerful American company United Fruit Company based in Guatemala. La Frutera, as it was known throughout Latin America, owned large pieces of land in Guatemala as well as several ships and infrastructure. UFCO was the largest Guatemalan landowner and employer, and the Arbenz government’s land reform included the expropriation of 40% of UFCO land. Because president Gúzman was planning to have a nationwide agrarian reform law implemented, which was designed to deprive uncultivated land distribution to peasants, the CIA was prompted to plan his overthrow. This had inspired Ché to believe that the U.S was an imperialist power that would oppose Latin American governments attempting to address the socioeconomic inequality within their countries. In a statement about the Guatemalan-United Fruit Company Guevara said: " The last Latin American revolutionary democracy – that of Jacobo Arbenz – failed as a result of the cold premeditated aggression carried out by the U.S.A. Its visible head was the Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, a man who, through a rare coincidence, was also a stockholder and attorney for the United Fruit Company …show more content…
The entry of the guerillas into Havana after Batista’ departure, was not the end but beginning of the revolution. Cuba underwent a drastic transform to achieve the social and economic aspirations that were expected now from the locals by establishing new government and ensuring security. First Ché was made ambassador in order to create and strengthen foreign relations. After that he got put in charge of industrialization within the newly created national institute for agrarian reform. The INRA quickly became the most important governing body in the nation, with Guevara serving as its head in his capacity as minister of industries. As a minister Ché Guevara had political power. With that power came the ability to speak out one’s ideologies, which in Ché’s case, was particularly about Latin America and the American imperialism they were being faced with. A platform he used to make Cuba’s ideologies more widely known, was at the United Nations. His goal was to overthrow imperialism, which he saw as a global capitalist system which oppressed the developed countries. In this period he also came up with several ideologies such as the creation of the socialist man, the “New Man”—which is a social individual who is completely devoted to the society he lives in. After all, he saw himself as fighting for socialism. In other words,

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