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FIDEL CASTRO Fidel Castro Ruz was born on august 13 1926 in Biran Cuba His family owning sugar plantations were fairly wealthy this money providing him with extensive education oppurtunities In 1945 Castro gained a law degree after attending the University of Havana and started a practice devoting himself to serving the poor Castro had always been a rebel his main interest in university being politics involving himself in various protest groups In 1952 he intended to run for parliament but in a coup detat General Fulgencio Batista overthrew the existing government marking the end of democracy in Cuba and cancelling the election These actions on Batistas part fueled Castros desire for revolution and in 1953 he started to organise a revolt The revolutionary movement started on July 26 1953 and after many trials and tribulations Castro finally rose to power on January 1 1959 Batista had fled the country allowing Castros forces to move in and take Havana Castro became president of Cuba and remains in this position today How Castro impacted on the course of the Revolution from approx 1950-1960 It is quite easily said that without Castros input there would not have been a successful revolution within Cuba Castro was dedicated and determined to win as said by Tad Szulc in Fidel a Critical Portrait It was the obsession of Fidel Castro to do away with human social and economic underdevelopement in Cuba Fidel Castros political style emphasised active engagement and self-discipline He believed that individuals can overcome any obstacle they desire if they have a strong will to do so and that revolution is the important mission worth pursuing As Castro has said The duty of every revolutionary is to make the revolution It was this enthusiasm and drive that rose him above Batista and ultimately lead to his victory in 1959 He was a great people pleaser winning much support with his lenghthy speeches and far reaching
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