Fidel Castro

by Hannah Johnson


Fidel Castro was born near Biran, in Cuba, on August 13, 1926. Castro was an authoritarian dictator of Cuba for 49 years. In 1959, he was able to overthrow Cuban leader Batista, and became prime minister of Cuba. As prime minister, he lead the government to use guerilla warfare, which lead to the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. He served as prime minister until 1976. In this year he was elected as the president of Cuba.

Video Analysis

Fidel Castro's involvement with the Soviet Union led to the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Soviet nukes were found in Cuba, and the U.S. had nukes based in Turkey incase they needed to be fired at the Soviet Union. Castro put his country and the rest of the world in danger of a nuclear war, which would have been catastrophic. Castro's relationship with the Soviet Union was hazardous to his country and he risked the lives of his citizens by involving himself in the Missile Crisis.

Journal Entry

Dear Journal,

Today, my good friend Khrushchev has asked me to hold some Soviet nukes in Cuba incase he needs to attack the U.S. I realize this is a very risky thing to do, but the U.S. has been against my communist ways for a while now, and I feel that they would attack us if they had the chance. It is my hope that I will be able to contain the nukes here without any trouble, and I will have them in case of emergeny. It may not be the safest idea for my country, but it is my duty to help Khrushchev.


Essential Question

How was Castro's involvement with the Soviet Union dangerous to Cuba as well as the rest of the world?