He held the title of premier until 1976 and then began a long tenure as president of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers. [29], Returning to Cuba, Castro became a prominent figure in protests against government attempts to raise bus fares. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. Hundreds of boats arrived from the U.S., leading to a mass exodus of 120,000; Castro's government took advantage of the situation by loading criminals, the mentally ill, and suspected homosexuals onto the boats destined for Florida. [315] Support for Castro remained strong, and although there were small anti-government demonstrations, the Cuban opposition rejected the exile community's calls for an armed uprising. [140] In May 1959, Castro signed into law the First Agrarian Reform, setting a cap for landholdings to 993 acres (402 ha) per owner and prohibiting foreigners from obtaining Cuban land ownership. Fidel Castro’s year of birth is officially listed as 1926, but some scholars believe that he was born in 1927. President Urrutia increasingly expressed concern with the rising influence of Marxism. "[466] Human Rights Watch stated that his government constructed a "repressive machinery" which deprived Cubans of their "basic rights". Cuba also began acquiring weapons from the Soviet Union, which soon became the country’s chief supporter and trade partner. [328] He later attended Mandela's inauguration as President of South Africa in 1994. John F. Kennedy. 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[72] He read widely, enjoying the works of Marx, Lenin, and Martí but also reading books by Freud, Kant, Shakespeare, Munthe, Maugham, and Dostoyevsky, analyzing them within a Marxist framework. Most analysts saw his remarks as offering support for Raúl’s introduction of economic reforms that included a massive layoff of government employees as well as increased toleration of private enterprise. [339] Castro had also been calling for greater Caribbean integration since the late 1990s, saying that only strengthened cooperation between Caribbean countries would prevent their domination by rich nations in a global economy. [453] Similarly, Wayne S. Smith – the former Chief of the United States Interests Section in Havana – noted that Castro's opposition to U.S. dominance and transformation of Cuba into a significant world player resulted in him receiving "warm applause" throughout the Western Hemisphere. [443], – Peter Bourne, Castro Biographer, 1986[444], One of the most controversial political leaders of his era,[445] Castro both inspired and dismayed people across the world during his lifetime. [280] The event destabilized Carter's administration, and later, in 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected U.S. president. Political scientist Paul C. Sondrol has described Castro's approach to politics as "totalitarian utopianism",[396] with a style of leadership that drew upon the wider Latin American phenomenon of the caudillo. government. He welcomed Western politicians and investors to Cuba, befriended Manuel Fraga and took a particular interest in Margaret Thatcher's policies in the UK, believing that Cuban socialism could learn from her emphasis on low taxation and personal initiative. Fidel Castro was born Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz on August 13, 1926 (some sources say 1927) near his father's farm, Birán, in southeast Cuba in what was then the Oriente Province. In 2014 U.S. Pres. [225] Castro was personally devastated when Guevara was killed by CIA-backed troops in Bolivia in October 1967 and publicly attributed it to Guevara's disregard for his own safety. On 25 November 2016, when Fidel Castro died at the age of ninety, Raul Castro announced the news on state television, ending the speech with a revolutionary slogan: "Towards victory, always!" There, the assassination of popular leftist leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Ayala led to widespread rioting and clashes between the governing Conservatives – backed by the army – and leftist Liberals. [156] His regime remained popular with workers, peasants, and students, who constituted the majority of the country's population,[157] while opposition came primarily from the middle class; thousands of doctors, engineers and other professionals emigrated to Florida in the U.S., causing an economic brain drain. Castro was angered by Gorbachev's approach, believing that he was abandoning the plight of the world's poor in favor of détente. Fidel Castro’s revolutionary career began while he was enrolled at the School of Law of the University of Havana, when he participated in resistance movements in the Dominican Republic and Colombia. Within Cuba, Fidel's domination of every aspect of the government and the society remains total. [383], Castro proclaimed himself to be "a Socialist, a Marxist, and a Leninist",[384] and publicly identified as a Marxist–Leninist from December 1961 onward. [64], Over the following days, the rebels were rounded up; some were executed and others – including Castro – transported to a prison north of Santiago. [400], – Wayne S. Smith, U.S. [361][370] Later that year it was revealed that along with Hugo Chávez, Castro had played a significant behind-the-scenes role in orchestrating peace talks between the Colombian government and the far left FARC guerrilla movement to end the conflict which had raged since 1964. "[471] Russian President Vladimir Putin described Castro as both "a sincere and reliable friend of Russia" and a "symbol of an era", while Chinese Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping similarly referred to him as "a close comrade and a sincere friend" to China. [171] Relations between Castro and Khrushchev were warm; they led the applause to one another's speeches at the General Assembly. [301], When Gorbachev visited Cuba in April 1989, he informed Castro that perestroika meant an end to subsidies for Cuba. They were a wealthy family. He joined Colegio Dolores in Santiago de Cuba before joining El Colegio de Belen in Havana. [126] Castro exercised a great deal of influence over Urrutia's regime, which was now ruling by decree. [102] Batista's government often resorted to brutal methods to keep Cuba's cities under control. He was the son of Angel Castro y Argiz, … [468], Historian and journalist Richard Gott considered Castro to be "one of the most extraordinary political figures of the twentieth century", commenting that he had become a "world hero in the mould" of Giuseppe Garibaldi to people throughout the developing world for his anti-imperialist efforts. He presented these demands to U Thant, visiting Secretary-General of the United Nations, but the U.S. ignored them. But the economic realities, despite rapid dramatic growth in the gross national product, severely limit what Cuba can buy on the world market. Educational and health services were made available to Cubans free of charge, and every citizen was guaranteed employment. [372], In December 2014, Castro was awarded the Chinese Confucius Peace Prize for seeking peaceful solutions to his nation's conflict with the U.S. and for his post-retirement efforts to prevent nuclear war. Castro's militants intended to dress in army uniforms and arrive at the base on 25 July, seizing control and raiding the armory before reinforcements arrived. [89], After purchasing the decrepit yacht Granma, on 25 November 1956, Castro set sail from Tuxpan, Veracruz, with 81 armed revolutionaries. [218] In January 1964, Castro returned to Moscow, officially to sign a new five-year sugar trade agreement, but also to discuss the ramifications of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. [364] On 7 August 2010, Castro gave his first speech to the National Assembly in four years, urging the U.S. not to take military actions against those nations and warning of a nuclear holocaust. Under U.S. pressure, the hostages were released, and Castro welcomed them back as heroes. [47] On 10 March 1952, Batista seized power in a military coup, with Prío fleeing to Mexico. Mengistu's regime was barely hanging on by 1977, having lost one-third of its army in Eritrea at the time of the Somali invasion. In the years directly prior to Fidel Castro’s retirement, Cuba was undergoing immense changes. [191] Although the USSR was hesitant regarding Castro's embrace of socialism,[192] relations with the Soviets deepened. ("Fatherland or Death"), a proclamation that he made much use of in ensuing years. New York Times", "Cuban Missile Crisis: the 3 most surprising things you didn't know", "Castro comments on Czechoslovakia crisis", "Fidel Castro's Greatest Legacy in Africa Is in Angola", "Soviet Said to Reduce Support for Cuban Economy. However, after massive damage caused by Hurricane Michelle in 2001, Castro successfully proposed a one-time cash purchase of food from the U.S. while declining its government's offer of humanitarian aid. In March 1962 Castro removed the most prominent "Old Communists" from office, labelling them "sectarian". [24] The military force consisted of around 1,200 troops, mostly Cubans and exiled Dominicans, and they intended to sail from Cuba in July 1947. The United States was alienated by these policies and offended by Castro’s fiery new anti-American rhetoric. [194] In December 1961, Castro admitted that he had been a Marxist–Leninist for years, and in his Second Declaration of Havana he called on Latin America to rise up in revolution. The Castro family is shrouded in mystery, however, and little is known about his kids. On the night of 16 to 17 April, Brigade 2506 landed along Cuba's Bay of Pigs and engaged in a firefight with a local revolutionary militia. Fidel Castro was cremated on 26 November 2016. [310] When Gorbachev regained control, Cuba-Soviet relations deteriorated further and Soviet troops were withdrawn in September 1991. [121] Cienfuegos and Guevara led their columns into Havana on 2 January, while Castro entered Santiago and gave a speech invoking the wars of independence. Fidel Castro is known world-wide as the Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and President from 1976 to … [361] He continued to interact with the Cuban people, published an opinion column titled "Reflections" in Granma, used a Twitter account, and gave occasional public lectures. He continued to signify his willingness to renew diplomatic relations with the United States, provided that it end its trade embargo against Cuba. [79] Setting about strengthening the MR-26-7, he established an 11-person National Directorate but retained autocratic control, with some dissenters labeling him a caudillo (dictator); he argued that a successful revolution could not be run by committee and required a strong leader. [20] The American historian John Lewis Gaddis wrote that Castro "...began his career as a revolutionary with no ideology at all: he was a student politician turned street fighter turned guerrilla, a voracious reader, an interminable speaker, and a pretty good baseball player. After his graduation in 1950, Castro began to practice law and became a member of the reformist Cuban People’s Party (called Ortodoxos). But these reforms were accompanied by more-suppressive ones: the elimination of a free press, the jailing of dissidents, and the implementation of a one-party state. After the collapse of his first marriage he took his household servant, Lina Ruz González – of Canarianorigin – as his mistress and later second wife; together they had seven children, among them Fidel. Sturgis purchased boatloads of weapons and ammunition from Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) weapons expert Samuel Cummings' International Armament Corporation in Alexandria, Virginia. [329] In 2001 he attended the Conference Against Racism in South Africa at which he lectured on the global spread of racial stereotypes through U.S. Castro began organizing a resistance movement against Cuba’s new dictator, leading several ill-fated attempts against Batista’s forces, such as the assault on Santiago de Cuba and another on Cuba’s eastern coast. [108] By 1958, Batista was under increasing pressure, a result of his military failures coupled with increasing domestic and foreign criticism surrounding his administration's press censorship, torture, and extrajudicial executions. Carlos Prío Socarrás and canceled the elections. His father, Angel Castro, married his mother, Lina Ruz when Fidel was 15 years. [457] Nevertheless, critics claim that Castro wielded significant unofficial influence aside from his official duties. [340][341] Cuba has opened four additional embassies in the Caribbean Community including: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Suriname, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. [270], In the late 1970s, Cuba's relations with North American states improved during the period with Mexican President Luis Echeverría, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau,[271] and U.S. President Jimmy Carter in power. After legal means failed to dislodge Batista’s new dictatorship, Castro began to organize a rebel force for the task in 1953. [282] Cuba's economy became even more dependent on Soviet aid, with Soviet subsidies (mainly in the form of supplies of low-cost oil and voluntarily buying Cuban sugar at inflated prices) averaging $4–5 billion a year by the late eighties. Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba with a 1,600-word letter in Granma. Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos successfully appealed for more Cuban troops, with Castro later admitting that he devoted more time to Angola than to the domestic situation, believing that a victory would lead to the collapse of apartheid. Why should some people walk barefoot, so that others can travel in luxurious cars? [227] From this conference, Castro created the Latin American Solidarity Organization (OLAS), which adopted the slogan of "The duty of a revolution is to make revolution", signifying Havana's leadership of Latin America's revolutionary movement. Castro publicly rejected the "dictator" label, stating that he constitutionally held less power than most heads of state and insisting that his regime allowed for greater democratic involvement in policy making than Western liberal democracies. [425] From 1980 until his death in 1995, Naranjo headed Castro's team of advisers. Appalled, he raged that he would rather die "a thousand times" than "suffer impotently from such an insult". In 1980, Castro married Dalia Soto del Valle. Within Cuba, Castro was often nicknamed "El Caballo" ("The Horse"), a label attributed to Cuban entertainer Benny Moré which alludes to Castro's well known philandering during the 1950s and early 1960s,[424] and during this period Castro was often recognized as a sex symbol in Cuba. On each trip, he was eager to visit factory and farm workers, publicly praising their governments; privately, he urged the regimes to aid revolutionary movements elsewhere, particularly those fighting the Vietnam War. As a result, he rejected the need for elections, claiming that representative democratic systems served the interests of socio-economic elites. [203] Although conflicted, Castro agreed, believing it would guarantee Cuba's safety and enhance the cause of socialism. Influenced by Guevara, he suggested that Cuba could evade most stages of socialism and progress straight to communism. Castro served as prime minister until 1976, when he became president, serving in that position until 2008, when an ailing Fidel handed over power to his younger brother Raul. [214] Seeking to further consolidate control, in 1963 the government cracked down on Protestant sects in Cuba, with Castro labeling them counter-revolutionary "instruments of imperialism"; many preachers were found guilty of illegal U.S.-links and imprisoned. What was the exact age of Fidel Castro? If he had followed any example, it was that of Napoleon, not Marx". On 23 July, Castro resumed his Premiership and appointed Marxist Osvaldo Dorticós as president. [69] Castro was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment in the hospital wing of the Model Prison (Presidio Modelo), a relatively comfortable and modern institution on the Isla de Pinos. In response, Prío agreed to quell the gangs, but found them too powerful to control. [287] In a July 1983 speech marking the 30th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, Castro condemned Reagan's administration as a "reactionary, extremist clique" who were waging an "openly warmongering and fascist foreign policy". "[470] The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that Castro "was a hero for many. [180], Castro proclaimed the new administration a direct democracy, in which Cubans could assemble at demonstrations to express their democratic will. There Fidel Castro organized Cuban exiles into a revolutionary group called the 26th of July Movement. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. He obtained Doctor of Lawin 1950. Cuban soldiers died in the conflict, with Castro denouncing the invasion and comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany. [333][334] That same year, Castro initiated Misión Milagro, a joint medical project which aimed to provide free eye operations on 300,000 individuals from each nation. [48] Batista moved to the right, solidifying ties with both the wealthy elite and the United States, severing diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union, suppressing trade unions and persecuting Cuban socialist groups. He seems to be sincere. [368] Now without any official role in the country's government, he took on the role of an elder statesman. [81] Castro sent a letter to the press, declaring that he was "leaving Cuba because all doors of peaceful struggle have been closed to me ... As a follower of Martí, I believe the hour has come to take our rights and not beg for them, to fight instead of pleading for them. His father, Ángel Castro y Argiz, an immigrant from Spain, was a fairly prosperous sugarcane farmer in a locality that had long been dominated by estates of the U.S.-owned United Fruit Company. [165], Relations between Cuba and the U.S. were further strained following the explosion of a French vessel, the La Coubre, in Havana harbor in March 1960. [374] He did not meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on the latter's visit to Cuba in March 2016, although sent him a letter stating that Cuba "has no need of gifts from the empire". Ambassador to Cuba, E. T. Smith, who felt the whole CIA mission had become too close to the MR-26-7 movement,[115][116] personally went to Batista and informed him that the U.S. no longer would supported him and felt he no longer could control the situation in Cuba. [402] Castro was well known for throwing tantrums, and could make "snap judgements" which he refused to back down from. [247], In September 1973, he returned to Algiers to attend the Fourth Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). The ship carried weapons purchased from Belgium, and the cause of the explosion was never determined, but Castro publicly insinuated that the U.S. government was guilty of sabotage. [260] This was followed with visits to East Berlin and Moscow. A number of senior military officers, including Ochoa and Tony de la Guardia, were investigated for corruption and complicity in cocaine smuggling, tried, and executed in 1989, despite calls for leniency. [425] He was also nicknamed "El Comandante" (the commander). [294] Cuban propaganda turned the siege of Cuito Cuanavle into a decisive victory that changed the course of African history and Castro awarded 82 soldiers medals of the newly created Medal of Merit for the Defense of Cuito Cuanavle on 1 April 1988. [325], Mired in economic problems, Cuba was aided by the election of socialist and anti-imperialist Hugo Chávez to the Venezuelan Presidency in 1999. Arguing that it affected the sugar harvest, Fidel Castro eliminated Christmas as a federal holiday in 1969. [245] Castro proceeded to Guinea to meet socialist President Sékou Touré, praising him as Africa's greatest leader, and there received the Order of Fidelity to the People. Peter G. Bourne’s 1986 book Fidel, for instance, suggests that his birthdate was pushed back to 1926 so that Fidel could be enrolled in … [189] Castro's victory reverberated across the world, especially in Latin America, but it also increased internal opposition primarily among the middle-class Cubans who had been detained in the run-up to the invasion. [461] Balfour stated that Castro's "moral and political hegemony" within Cuba diminished the opportunities for democratic debate and decision making. [314], In 1991, Havana hosted the Pan American Games, which involved construction of a stadium and accommodation for the athletes; Castro admitted that it was an expensive error, but it was a success for Cuba's government. Hearing about this, the atheist Castro replied: "Now I understand why I survived Bush's plans and the plans of other presidents who ordered my assassination: the good Lord protected me." [11], In 1945, Castro began studying law at the University of Havana. However, Fidel Castro was quick to qualify his remarks in a speech that followed a few days later. [200] Security reports indicated that many Cubans associated austerity with the "Old Communists" of the PSP, while Castro considered a number of them – namely Aníbal Escalante and Blas Roca – unduly loyal to Moscow. There was ... no doubt about who the victors were. [375] That April, he gave his most extensive public appearance in many years when addressing the Communist Party. Death. Most of Urrutia's cabinet were MR-26-7 members. Their marriage would end with Castro's death in 2016. [449] On the island, the Castro government's legitimacy rested on the improvements that it brought to social justice, healthcare, and education. [173] Castro delivered the longest speech ever held before the United Nations General Assembly, speaking for four and a half hours in a speech mostly given over to denouncing American policies towards Latin America. [103] Frank País was also killed, leaving Castro the MR-26-7's unchallenged leader. Castro responded that "revolutionary justice is not based on legal precepts, but on moral conviction. He then pushed Urrutia to issue a temporary ban on political parties; he repeatedly said that they would eventually hold multiparty elections. [219] Castro was deeply concerned by the assassination, believing that a far-right conspiracy was behind it but that the Cubans would be blamed. In the 2000s, Castro forged alliances in the Latin American "pink tide" – namely with Hugo Chávez's Venezuela – and signed Cuba up to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas. [251], Cuba's economy grew in 1974 as a result of high international sugar prices and new credits with Argentina, Canada, and parts of Western Europe. The quote was picked up on by the world's media. Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree.... Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. Over 500,000 Castro-supporters surrounded the Presidential Palace demanding Urrutia's resignation, which he submitted. My still incipient Marxist ideas had nothing to do with our conduct – it was a spontaneous reaction on our part, as young people with, Marxism taught me what society was. [136] In April, he visited the U.S. on a charm offensive where President Dwight D. Eisenhower would not meet with him, but instead sent Vice President Richard Nixon, whom Castro instantly disliked. After Batista's overthrow in 1959, Castro assumed military and political power as Cuba's Prime Minister. [18] Student violence escalated after Grau employed gang leaders as police officers, and Castro soon received a death threat urging him to leave the university. In 1973, the military led a coup d'état and established a military junta led by Augusto Pinochet. Castro's improving relations across Latin America were accompanied by continuing animosity towards the U.S. [390] Castro described Karl Marx and Cuban nationalist José Martí as his main political influences,[391] although Gott believed that Martí ultimately remained more important than Marx in Castro's politics. [300] Gorbachev called for a negotiated end to the conflict and in 1988 organized a quadripartite talks between the USSR, U.S., Cuba and South Africa; they agreed that all foreign troops would pull out of Angola while South Africa agreed to grant independence to Namibia. The United States came to oppose Castro's government and unsuccessfully attempted to remove him by assassination, economic blockade, and counter-revolution, including the Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961. Birthday August Aug 13, 1926. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 took him by surprise and meant the end of generous Soviet subsidies to Cuba. [28] Castro joined the Liberal cause by stealing guns from a police station, but subsequent police investigations concluded that he had not been involved in any killings. Raúl Castro—Fidel’s younger brother and successor—continued to gradually adopt free-market policies. [326] By 2006, Cuba was the world's only nation which met the United Nations Development Programme's definition of sustainable development, with an ecological footprint of less than 1.8 hectares per capita and a Human Development Index of over 0.8. Before he died Meyer Lansky said Cuba "ruined" him. Within the first six months of Castro's government, 1,000 km (600 mi) of roads were built across the island, while $300 million was spent on water and sanitation projects. [462] Describing Castro as a "totalitarian dictator",[463] Sondrol suggested that in leading "a political system largely [of] his own creation and bearing his indelible stamp", Castro's leadership style warranted comparisons with totalitarian leaders like Mao Zedong, Hideki Tojo, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and Benito Mussolini. Various NAM members were critical of Castro's attendance, claiming that Cuba was aligned to the Warsaw Pact and therefore should not be at the conference. [257], Traveling to Angola, Castro celebrated with Neto, Sékou Touré and Guinea-Bissaun President Luís Cabral, where they agreed to support Mozambique's Marxist–Leninist government against RENAMO in the Mozambican Civil War. Instead, he advocated hard work, family values, integrity, and self-discipline. Free farmers' markets and small-scale private enterprises would be legalized in an attempt to stimulate economic growth, while U.S. dollars were also made legal tender. Fidel Castro’s age was 90 years old at the time of his death. As a result, Prime Minister José Miró Cardona resigned, going into exile in the U.S. and joining the anti-Castro movement. [378] In late October 2016, Castro met with the Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who became one of the last foreign leaders to meet him. [426][427], Many details of Castro's private life, particularly involving his family members, are scarce, as such information is censored by state media. In the succeeding months, official photos were released of Fidel Castro in private meetings, and in July 2010 he made a public visit to the National Centre for Scientific Research in Havana. As the undisputed revolutionary leader, Castro became commander in chief of the armed forces in Cuba’s new provisional government, which had Manuel Urrutia, a moderate liberal, as its president. [146] After conservative press expressed hostility towards the government, the pro-Castro printers' trade union disrupted editorial staff, and in January 1960 the government ordered them to publish a "clarification" written by the printers' union at the end of articles critical of the government. [230] The Cuban Revolution nevertheless did not meet the Marxist assumption that socialism would be achieved through proletariat revolution, for most of the forces involved in Batista's overthrow were led by members of the Cuban middle-class. Yeltsin despised Castro and developed links with the Miami-based Cuban American National Foundation. [174] Subsequently, visited by Polish First Secretary Władysław Gomułka, Bulgarian chairman Todor Zhivkov, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and Indian Premier Jawaharlal Nehru,[175] Castro also received an evening's reception from the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. He was the third child the couple. [217] In 1963, Castro's mother died. [356], In a February 2008 letter, Castro announced that he would not accept the positions of President of the Council of State and Commander in Chief at that month's National Assembly meetings,[357] remarking, "It would betray my conscience to take up a responsibility that requires mobility and total devotion, that I am not in a physical condition to offer". 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