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The Cuban Missile Crisis The Cuban Missile Crisis was nearly forgotten in the Cold War. It is all about Cuba once supported by the Americans but then given to the Russians. The Russians then helped the Cubans to build missiles. It all started when... In 1950, Cuba was led by a dictator called Fulgencio Baptista. He was very harsh to his opponents such as the poor. He did not like communism so he received support from Americans and his army was equipped by the Americans as well. Havana, Cuba's capital was the playground of the rich people of the USA. This was the place where they gambled over the weekend. Of course, gambling was illegal all over the USA except Las Vegas; if they weren't allowed there, then they would go to Cuba. ...read more.


Those who are found guilty were executed. Then he stopped the money importation so that there was money to educate and use to build hospitals. He was really helping the poor. Some Cubans fled and lived in Florida. Some Americans even treated them as heroes. The stories told were all but lies or ridiculous. The American Press was outraged with these stories. When this was heard by the American government, the sugar trade with Cuba was stopped. Sugar was the main money maker in Cuba; without the sugar trade their treasuries would go bankrupt. The Americans didn't know whether Cuba was a communist or not. They knew little of Cuba at that time. So in 1960, Castro stated that he was a socialist and not a communist. ...read more.


American spy planes were sent to take pictures of these missiles. More reinforcements and missiles were being sent to Cuba by Russian ships. America felt threatened. President Kennedy had to do something and so he did. But before he could do anything, Khruschev, the Russian leader sent a letter saying that all of the missiles would be withdrawn if America did not invade Cuba. Kennedy replied that USA would not invade Cuba if all of the missiles were taken. If the USSR didn't reply before October 29, 1962, then the United States would have sent troops to invade Cuba. On October 28th, Khruschev replied that all of the missiles would be taken. Within 2 months, the Cuban Missile Crisis was over. All of the missiles were taken gone. If Kennedy made a wrong decision, the world would have another world war but this time it would be different, it would be a nuclear world war. ...read more.

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