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