Essay on Relations Between Cuba And Cuba

1130 Words May 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Cuba and America are only separated by ninety miles, but until 2016 a president had not been there in almost ninety years, a cruise ship has not landed there in over forty years, and commercial flights between the countries had not been around for fifty years. Relations between the U.S. and Cuba were not toxic until Fidel Castro took power in 1959. In the 1960s relations quickly plummeted before remaining in a constant state of isolation for both countries until 2008 when Raúl Castro replaced Fidel and Obama became President. In the past two years, relations between America and Cuba have increased significantly leading to a larger amount of immigrants entering into the United States. Since the 1960s Cuba has been an important part of U.S. foreign policy and since 2014 large improvements have been made between relations.
Two years after Castro took power, on April 17, 1961, President John F. Kennedy sent a group of Cuban exiles to Cuba to overthrow Fidel Castro. This event was referred to as the Bay of Pigs and was a failure as the Cuban army defeated the exiles in less than three days. Less than a year after Bay of Pigs, JFK announced an embargo on Cuba that restricted trade and travel. This embargo completely ravaged Cuba’s economy. “The embargo [resulted] in a loss of approximately $1.126 trillion over the next fifty years, according to Cuban government estimates” ("Timeline: U.S.-Cuba Relations"). Also during Kennedy’s presidency was the Cuban Missile Crisis, which took…

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