By Jared Whalen
The start of the Cuban Revolt.
Sunday, July 26th 195 at 12am to Thursday, Jan. 1st 1959 at 12am
The Cuban Revolution had powerful domestic and international repercussions. In particular, it reshaped Cuba's relationship with the United States although efforts to improve diplomatic relations have gained momentum in recent years. Although Batista had been a relative progressive during his first term, in the 1950s he proved far more dictatorial and indifferent to popular concerns. While Cuba remained plagued by high unemployment and limited water infrastructure, Batista antagonized the population by forming lucrative links to organized crime and allowing American companies to dominate the Cuban economy.