Us Cuba Relations

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The US and Cuba have long somewhat difficult relationship, particularly during the latter part of the 19th continuing into the 21th centuries. Cuba, discovered in 1492 was converted into a minor outpost for ships returning from Spain.
Three hundred years after discovery by the Spanish three major events suddenly placed Cuba on the world stage (Staten). First an economic depression forced Spain give up exclusive trade permits allowing the Creoles to turn greater profits on cash crops (Williamson). Secondly the Haitian slave rebellion of 1791 prevented the production of sugar on that island which, made the formerly neglected island of Cuba the center of a sugar boom (Staten). Last growing US market for Cuban sugar allowed the US to replace Spain
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A series of military and civil governments ran the country with relatively peace and prosperity with the exception of the occasional uprising due the election fraud or the sugra price collapse due in part to overproduction and a general decline in global demand because of the great depression (Williamson) . This period of Cuba 's history while interesting we not be discussed further in this paper. Instead we’ll examine the US-Cuba relations during the starting from the 1930s to the present.
Fulgencio Batista joined the Cuban army in 1921 for economic security and educational opportunities. While in the army he pursued a career in stenography as it offered the most opportunities for advancement in the army(Argote
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On July 26, 1953, 160 students attacked the military barracks Santiago (Williamson). This confrontation turned out to be deadly for the students as most were arrested or killed during the battle, although a few escaped including Raul and Fidel Castro. The although the Castro brothers were later captured brutal treatment of the youth by the military further fueled public discontent and turned Fidel Castro into a national hero(Williamson). After his release from prison in 1955 Castro left for Mexico to receive military training for their plan the overthrow of the Batista government (Williamson). After returning from Mexico in 1956 Castro and a group of 82 men began their plan to remove the Batista government. Like the July 26 rebellion this turned out disastrous for the rebels and 70 men from Castro 's group died after the first encounter with the military. After regrouping Castro was able to secure the backing of the peasants and achieved small victories, nevertheless the Batista government remained in control of the country and for most of the year the Cuban revolution made no headway, quickly losing ground any ground they gained to the Batista’s forces. Castro more than made up the lack to military victories by winning the propaganda war, building the foundation for more concrete victories

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