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How important was anti Americanism in fermenting the Cuban revolution?

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How important was anti Americanism in fermenting the Cuban revolution? Cuba, or as the sleeping alligator as it known by Cubans, is the largest island in the Caribbean it was founded on the 27th October 1492 by Christopher Columbus. Cuba contains a lot of history but one of the most important historical moments in the Cuban history was the Cuban revolution. The Cuban revolution was a fight for an independent Cuba. A Cuba free from the control from the United States of America. There is a lot of debate about the revolution, debates such as why it took place. Some Cubans (the bourgeoisie) preferred a reform rather than a revolution. They were scared f blacks (slaves) who made up 145% of the population. Another argument on why the Cuban revolution took place was due to anti colonial rule. This then provides the base for the argument of actual involvement of America as to why Cuba revolted. I shall seek to show American involvement in Cuba and how this became the driving force for the revolution to take place. America was interested in Cuba for economic protection. The Americans wanted Cuba since the 1800's. Thomas Jefferson once said that Cuba was an invaluable addition to the United States. Cuba dominated the sugar trade industry more than 90% of Cuban sugar went to the Unites States along with other produce. ...read more.

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Due to this law Cuba gained back farmland and redistributed it to the poor, another benefit of this was that it opened up job opportunities for many Cubans. These rules and many more won favour with the Cuban people, but still in the back of many minds was the question of a free election. Castro declared 'The revolution has no time to waste in such foolishness.' The United States of America by this time began to get very worried about the hold they have the island and the developments that were taking place. As time passed it became obvious that the Unites States and the smaller island Cuba was going to have problems and confrontations were expected. The new laws that were put in place in Cuba upset Americans greatly and a system of 'get back' was set up. Cuba tried to push America out by stop buying American oil. 9America retaliated by reducing Havana's sugar quota and in October 1960 and by cancelling all purchases of sugar and prohibiting exports to Cuba all except food and medical supplies. All diplomatic relations were broke off in 1961. 10In 1961 the president of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy agreed for an invasion of Cuba to take place and it was led by US- based exiles. However John F. Kennedy's plan to invade Cuba failed. His idea of the Cuban people turning in uproar against Castro did not work. ...read more.

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Castro believed socialism was a question of power and of wealth distribution. He saw the revolution as a struggle for independence from colonial rule to independence from the United States. He gained inspiration from anti- imperialist movements found in Latin America, politicians such as Jorge Gaitan and Colonel Jacoba Arbenz. 17Today Cuban resources show it could easily be the strongest economy in the Caribbean, agriculture is strong and mineral wealth is significant. Tourism should be the greatest in the Caribbean and Cuba's labour force can be seen as strong as it is young, healthy and highly educated at other countries levels. However, things are not that great. Unemployment levels are high and the economy is not that strong as it should be or could be. However, Cuba does have a low crime rate. The relationship with the United States of America is almost the same. There is no relationship. Castro has not dealings with the United States and as long as it remains a communist country under Castro's rule there will be no agreement between the two countries. (1776 words) 1 In Focus (pg.9) 2 In Focus (pg.11) 3 In Focus (pg.11) 4 In Focus (pg.12) 5 Castro 2nd Edition (pg.5) 6 Castro 2nd Edition (pg.15) 7 In Focus Cuba (pg.16) 8 In Focus Cuba (pg.16) 9 In Focus Cuba (pg.18) 10In Focus Cuba (pg.18) 11 In Focus Cuba(pg.19) 12 Cuba the Test of Time(pg.19) 13 In Focus Cuba (pg.22) 14 In Focus Cuba(pg.22) 15 In Focus Cuba(pg.23) 16 Castro 2nd Edition 17 In Focus Cuba ...read more.

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