Fidel Castro

By: Brandon P, MaryKathryn F, Joseph B, Aaron T

Early Life

- Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born on August 13, 1926 he was the third of six children

- Educated in private Jesuit boarding schools, grew up in wealthy circumstances despite cubas poverty

- After his graduation in late 1945, Castro entered law school at the University of Havana and was interested in Cuban nationalism

Rise to Power

- In 1952, Castro ran for the Cuban parliament but never got the chance to be elected because batista took over the government

- Castro was one of the 150 people that tried to overthrow Batista, because of this he ended up in prison.

- In 1955 he was released from jail and in 1958 they attacked again on Batista and his government

- A year later in 1959 Batista fled the country and bastro became prime minister.

- he Opened 1000 new schools and new health care facilities which helped the country a lot

Castro's Power & Legacy

How he stayed in power:

Castro stayed in power because he had no enemies cause of his army and power so day after day it became less harder for him to maintain his power.


Legacy:

Russia tried to put missiles in Cuba because it was closer to the U.S. In 1959 Castro had effectively taken over as leader of Cuba which remains for the next 4 decades. In April 1961 US wanted castro out of power, they sent Cuban exiles to over throw him hoping the citizens of Cuba would help.

Downfall

- Castro temporarily gave his power to his brother on July 31, 2006, when he announced that he had gone under surgery

- Fidel Castro, at age 81, announced he was resigning as Cuba's president because of sickness.

- left his brother, Raul Castro in charge because his sickness caused him to lose power

- Castro is not dead, but is living his life in Cuba and ever since he resigned he has not been seen in public.