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We're probably going to have to bomb them.
President John F. Kennedy to McGeorge Bundy October 16, 1962
Timeline Description: The Cuban revolution was a time of turmoil and unrest in Cuba. The government changed powers as the world watched. This is a timeline of those events.
Fidel Castro attacks Fulgencio Batista was the ruler of Cuba. Fidel Castro led an uprising against him by attacking the military barracks at Santiago de Cuba.
Castro stands up for himself After getting criticized for the Santiago attack, Fidel Castro made a speech. He said what he had done was right.
Cuba gets a president Fulgencio Batista made himself the president. He was now the sole leader of the country.
Castro is released from prison After being put in prison for his actions, Fidel is released by President Batista. Fidel Castro and his brother go to Mexico.
The Castro brothers meet Che Guevara The Castro brothers met Che Guevara in Mexico. He helped stir them up to continue their cause.
They return to Cuba The Castro brothers took Che Guevara and 80 other insurgents on a boat. They returned to Cuba.
Their first victory When they arrived in Cuba they quickly took over an army outpost on the coast. Their victory spurred others in the country to take their side.
The revolutionary movement catches on More people joined Fidel Castro's side as the year moved on. College students stormed the presidential palace and protestors were killed in the streets.
The US boycotts Cuba The United States stopped sending aid to Cuba because of the brutal fighting between its people.
A country-wide strike The people flocked behind Fidel Castro, so when he told them to quit working, they all went on strike. It hurt the country's economy.
The president takes a stand President Batista sent an army of 10,000 men to fight against Fidel Castro. Castro's small army defeated Batista's larger one.
A plane is hijacked A Cuban plane flying out of Miami, FL, was hijacked. The hijackers wanted to use the plane to deliver weapons to Fidel Castro's troops.
Castro's forces advance Fidel Castro leads his troops into Havana, and the president flees the city.
A new government is set up The rebel leader Fidel Castro became the Prime Minister, and elections were set up to elect other officials.
Castro visits the US The people in America greeted Castro like a hero, but some were nervous around him because they had heard he was a communist. They later learn they were right.