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Why did the crisis develop in 1962 about Cuba?

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Why did the crisis develop in 1962 about Cuba? Before Castro's revolution, the U.S mostly controlled Cuba's economy. Castro however decided that he was going to make his businesses bigger to make more money for him and the Cuban people this made the U.S mad and they hit back by refusing to buy Cuban sugar, which was Cuba's biggest import this was the start of the U.S bad relationship with Cuba which was the start of the developing of the crises. However when the U.S refused to buy the Cuban sugar Castro turned to the U.S.S.R who then decided to buy the sugar in the soviet Cuban trade agreement which was if the U.S.S.R had the Cuban sugar off of Cuba then Cuba should return that for their oil and machinery. This therefore made the crises develop more, as now the relationship between the superpowers U.S.S.R and U.S.A was worse and the crises was beginning between them. In December 1961 Castro declared himself a Marxist. The result was that the U.S expelled Cuba from the organisation of American states. ...read more.

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Making tension between the superpowers for the U.S.A was now being perceived as liars, making the crises worse. When president Kennedy found out about the soviet missiles in Cuba he ordered a naval blockade, which was, were American warships tried to stop the Russian ships carrying weapons to Cuba. This made the crises worse as now the U.S were stopping their weapons making the U.S.S.R and Cuba mad and more likely to attack the U.S.A. Also when Kennedy found out he could have easily had started an air strike, an invasion of Cuba, and a nuclear attack. Kennedy prepared the U.S.A ready for when these were needed, by putting the U.S air force on standby and loading nuclear bombs into bomb bays. The U.S.A did not like the fact that there were soviet missiles in Cuba as the U.S.S.R had a base closer to the U.S.S.R, which meant that the U.S.S.R had first strike capability. If the U.S.S.R had let off any nuclear weapons, New York would have been the place that was hit. ...read more.

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The short-term causes were that Khrushchev saw the chance to gain equality from Cuba as that if they made allies with Cuba they would have a base 90 miles away and first strike capability. This also threatened the U.S.A because they were aimed at the major cities. Another short term cause of why the crises developed was that Cuba had missiles ready to go off that the U.S.A didn't no about and that there was rubbish communications between the two superpowers and that they did not want to back down due to this as it would make there side look weak. Lastly the immediate causes of the crises, which were that it would be really easy for the whole crises to turn into a nuclear war and that, the U.S.A and the U.S.S.R were both extremely worried about the whole thing turning into a nuclear war this made the crises worse as it just meant that it was not for the good of there country but that it was just because they didn't want to look weak as leaders so it was hard when eventually the two sides did back down. ...read more.

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