Essay On Cuban Missile Crisis

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The Cuban Missile Crisis The Cuban Missile Crisis was a 14 day long standstill during the Cold War. This conflict was between the Soviet Union and the United States of America which almost brought these two countries on the brink of war in the fall of 1962. This crisis started on October 14, 1962 when a U-2 reconnaissance plane returned from a flight over Cuba with pictures of long, canvas-covered objects. Over that next 24 hours American analysts looked at the photograph that these pilots had taken and finally determined that the Soviets were installing medium-range ballistic missiles and launch pads in Cuba. These missiles were located less than 100 miles of Florida and were highly able of taking out a large portion of the United States. …show more content…
In the early 1960s, the island nation of Cuba became the Cold War 's most dangerous point in its history. In 1959 Communist leader Fidel Castro (born in 1926) took power in Cuba after helping lead the mission to overthrow President Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar (1901-1973). Castro created close relationships to the Soviet Union. This naturally was a positive thing to have a good friend located so close to the United States. John F. Kennedy was the president at that time and he was disturbed by the presence of a Soviet-sponsored communist country just ninety miles off the Florida coast. Mr. Kennedy then made the decision in 1961 to arm a group of Cuban exiles and helped them start an invasion at the Bay of Pigs in southwest Cuba. This mission was `aimed at removing Castro from power. With Castro’s most recent success over the communist leader he planned and installed his new coalition government in Havana. As Fidel Castro solidified his power, the new Cuba grew very distant from the United States and they began to develop close relations ships with the Soviet Union. This alliance that was building between the two disturbed American leaders. American business interests were being crushed by Castro’s revolution and the communist influenced government was eagerly pressed against the United States government. With this tempting the 50 states, the CIA began a plan to overthrow

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