25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro

25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro

Jacob Miller - July 7, 2017

Fidel Castro was a Cuban revolutionary and politician who was Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959-1976 and President from 1976 to 2008. Castro followed the doctrine of Carl Marx and served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961-2011. Castro turned Cuba into a one-party socialist state.

Castro studied law at the University of Havana where he developed extreme anti-imperialist, leftist sentiments. He participated in rebellions in the Dominican Republic and Colombia against the conservative establishments before turning his sights on Cuba.

Castro planned a coup of the Cuban President Fulgencio Batista. On July 26, 1953 Castro and his band of 135 rebel revolutionaries attacked the Moncada military barracks in Santiago de Cuba. The coup failed and Castro was imprisoned.

Upon his release, Castro went to Mexico and formed revolutionary group, the 26 of July Movement, with his brother Raul Castro and Che Guevara. Castro led his newly formed rebel group back to Cuba in a second attempt to overthrow President Batista. On January 1, 1959, Castro successfully dismantled the established regime and assumed military and political power as Prime Minister of Cuba, which became the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere.

The United States opposed Castro’s government and attempted, unsuccessfully, to remove him from power. The US government attempted to strangle the Cubans through economic blockade, and instigate a counter revolution with the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. The United States CIA attempted to assassinate Castro 638 different times.

Castro, in response to American opposition, formed an alliance with the Soviet Union and allowed the USSR to keep nuclear weapons in Cuba, beginning the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Public opinion of Fidel Castro is polarized. Supporters view his as a champion of socialism and anti-imperialism who liberated Cuba and installed progressive economic policies and social justice despite American imperialism and opposition. Critics view Castro as a dictator who impoverished Cuba through failed economic policy and oversaw human-rights abuses such as political abuses of psychiatry, political executions, brutal campaigns against homosexuals, institutionalized racism and the utilization of forced labor camps.

25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro and revolutionaries in the Sierra Maestra Mountains. PBS
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, 1959. Fidel sent Guevara to Bolivia because he was afraid that Che was getting ready to lead a coup against him. Pinterest
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
CUBA. 1959. Times of euphoia as Fidel CASTRO and his army tries to drive through the city of Ciefuego, on their way to liberate Havana. Pinterest
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro plays baseball in Havana, 1959. gypsy.ninja
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Castro on the sugar plantation. Pinterest
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro on a sugarcane plantation, July 16, 1969. Castro would work the plantations to inspire and set an example for citizens. Pinterest
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro giving an interview in a car in 1964. EMGN
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary leader and President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, during his visit to the Soviet Union. In the Irkutsk-Bratsk train © Vasily : Sputnik
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers Nikita Khrushchev at the rostrum of the Lenin Mausoleum. Next to them- Kliment Voroshilov and Leonid Brezhnev. Moscow, 1963. Anatoliy Garanin:Sputnik
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Cuban leader Fidel Castro (left) talking with sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich (right), the author of a memorial complex on Mamayev Hill © Aleksandr Smirnov : Sputnik
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro sitting on Yuri Gagarin’s lap, Cuba, 196. Tumblr
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro Ruz, Cuban revolutionary leader, President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, meets with Young Pioneers in Uzbekistan © Vasily : Sputnik

25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Castro in the Siberian taiga. Sputnik
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro hunting in USSR, 1964. Pinterest
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Chairman of the State Council and Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro visits a fish factory in Murmansk. USSR Vasily : Sputnik
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary leader, President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, visits the Kzyl Uzbekiston (Red Uzbekistan) collective farm. Vasily:Sputnik
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Chairman of the State Council and Prime Minister of the Republic of Cuba, the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Catsro visits the legendary Aurora cruiser in Leningrad © Sputnik
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro with a bear cub, Baikal, that was given to him by Siberian geologists. The bear went with his new master to Cuba but, unfortunately, could not get accustomed to the local tropic climate. Quora
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro with the representative of the Creek Indians of Oklahoma, WA Reiford, July 17, 1959, when Reiford arrived in Havana to open an orphanage. Reiford holds a peace pipe. To the left, the captain. Antonio Núñez Jiménez. Pinterest
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Cuban president Fidel Castro and US vice president Richard Nixon, Washington, DC, April 21, 1959. Pinterest
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
During a visit to New York in 1959, Fidel Castro spends time with a group of children. CNN
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro and Malcolm X discussing politics – 1960 Why Don’t You Try This
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro paying respects at the Lincoln Memorial, 1959, All That Is Interesting
25 Rare Pictures of Fidel Castro
Castro and Che Guevara playing golf. cbssports

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