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key features of the cuban missile crisis

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Describe the key features of the Cuban missile crisis In this essay I will be describing the many key features of the Cuban missile crisis and how they affected the crisis in the USA and the Soviet Union in the early 1960s, which almost resulted in the destruction of the world in a nuclear war. The whole crisis centring on Cuba grew from late 1959/early 1960 when the old government in Cuba run by Fulgencio Batista was overthrown and Fidel Castro took control. This was a slight blow to the USA but things turned sour when the US refused Cuba's ask for money to help build up their economy. ...read more.

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These fears the US had drove them to a series of bizarre attempts to assassinate Castro; including sending him poisoned diving suits and exploding cigars. Then in April 1961, 1400 Cuban exiles trained by the CIA invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs invasion. They failed miserably and Kennedy looked weak. In December of that year Castro announced that he was setting up a communist government, this was a very serious blow to America. A key feature of the crisis was the discovery of missile bases being built on Cuba. A U-2 spy plane flying over Cuba photographs missile bases and launch pads being built. ...read more.

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Kennedy made a speech on American television saying in it that 'Any nuclear missile launched from Cuba will be seen as an attack on the United States by the Soviet Union' Khrushchev replied to this statement warning the US that is playing with the fate of the world. A few days later a U-2 is shot down and another is seen in Soviet airspace. A nuclear war looks imminent. Thankfully for both sides and the rest of the world, emergency talks resulting in a last minute compromise meant both sides agreed to not to fire and to start dismantling their missile bases. A total destruction of the Earth was averted both leaders deciding that it was not worth going to war over, a new understanding between the superpowers had developed. ...read more.

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