Spanish American War (1898) • A civil war was raging in Cuba between the Spanish government and Cubans. • The United States felt that the Spanish were violating the human rights of the Cubans as they attempted to separate the rebels from the non-combatants by locking up its citizens in camps so then only the rebels would be in the countryside.
Spanish American War (1898) • The United States sent the Battleship Maine to send a message to the Spanish and to protect US citizens. • The Maine mysteriously exploded in Havana Harbor. • The United States blamed the Spanish and invaded Cuba. • The United States won the war and declared Cuba free and allowed them to form their own government (After we governed it for three years).
The United States maintains close ties to Cuba and economically assists in their development 1902 – 1956. • Many including the government, welcomed the U.S. involvement in the economy but many felt that Cuba would be better off without the American presence in Cuba
(1956) Fidel Castro leads a successful revolution against the U.S. -supported government of Cuba and establishes a government, supported by the Soviet Union.
There were many conflicts between the United States and the Soviet Union concerning Cuba.
Bay of Pigs (1962): The United States supported Cuban nationals (those who left Cuba when Castro took power) who were attempting to over-throw the Castro government. It failed, making the USA look very bad.
Currently, we have economic sanctions against the Cuban government. For example, Cuba is famous for their cigars, but they are illegal to import into the U.S. to sell.
Fidel Castro has recently relinquished power to his brother Raul Castro due to his poor health and aging.