Bay of Pigs Invasion

In the early 1950’s the United States was worried about the spread of communism in the world.The United States provided many forms of aid to countries that were about to fall to the communist government.The Truman Doctrine, Eisenhower Doctrine, and the Marshal Plan provided food, weapons, and clothing to countries to help keep communism at bay.But when communism entered Cuba, the Cold War got a little more frigid.
In January 1959, Fidel Castro overthrew the dictator of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista. In the beginning Castro was a very conservative dictator.He was liked by the Cuban people, and by other countries, including the United States.The United States government thought that Castro was a spiritual leader who would have a positive influence on the citizens of Cuba.Vice President Richard Nixon stated that, “The one fact we can be sure of is that Fidel Castro has those indefinable qualities which make him a leader of men” (Kornbluh, 7).
When Fidel Castro realized how much power he had it literally went to his head.
Within six months, Castro was portraying Cuba as a victim of American imperialism, to muster the Cuban’s sentiments.The revolutionary regime began taking over United States properties, land, and industry, including American oil refineries, sugar mills, and electric utilities.The United States had encouraged the overthrow of Batista’s dictatorship in Cuba, but now with Fidel Castro as the ruler the relations between Cuba and the United States began to deteriorate.
Castro had visions of one great revolution not just in Cuba but in all of Latin America.He wanted a hemisphere uprising against the United States and its “Yankee Imperialism”. Venezula’s President Betancourt told his friends that “Castro was emerging as an evil problem in Latin America (Meyer, 116)
By 1959, the United States worst fears came true when Castro established a communist dictatorship.Quickly the United States changed their…


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