Dictator of Cuba since 1959
Profile of Fidel Castro
- Many Cubans detested Fidel Castro, while in contrast, many thought of him to be their hero.
- He became Americas number one enemy during the Cold War
- 6 feet 3 inches tall
- Big man
- Always seemed very sure of himself and very confident
- Powerful and secure
Letter to Raul from Fidel
Today is a very important and day both for myself and for my country. I am 79 years old and have just undergone and major intestinal surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding. The recovery is a very long and grueling one. It is because of this that I must stay at rest of a period of time. It is because of this that I have decided to temporarily hand over power of Cuba to you Raul, my dear brother. I entrust this great power and responsibility with you who knows the country and the way it functions very well. Seeing as how you have been Vice President for many years now. I trust that you will follow in my footsteps and keep this country running the way I have set it up to run. I trust that you will maintain and uphold the communist party of Cuba influences in the country. On that note I say farewell. Take care of my country. I will soon return to complete power once again.