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Excitement was high for Cuba when Fidel Castro overthrew the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in January 1959 With a heady mixture of nationalism and left wing ideologies US became very cautious for its southern comrades Central and Southern America and perhaps herself When Castro took over Cuba the US lost valuable investments in the sugar and tobacco crops of Cuba Fearing the spread of communism into Americas backyard the US Government imposed a strict economic blockade hoping to starve Castro into US policies In desperation Castro turned to the soviets for balance of powers to weigh up the balance of communism ideologiesIn February 1960 Castro signed a trade pact with the Soviets which eventually led to close diplomatic relations At this time the US Government became more worried that a communist superpower had ventured so close to her borders By authority of Eisenhower Cuban Exiles that were in the US at the time were given aid At the same time the CIA began to train selected groups of the exiles to re enter their homeland and over - throw Castros Government When Kennedy was sworn into parliament in 1961 he took over the proceedings with hesitation for his states security He advised a plan to invade Cuba once again after Eisenhowers two other invasions failed This invasion was known well as the Bay of Pigs In April Kennedy received reports that the invasion failed which boosted Castros prestige and embarrassed Kennedy of his new presidency When the Bay of Bigs disastrously ended it built up confidence for the soviets and Castro and lowered Kennedy into a worriment of whats to happen next Early 1962 Khrushchev was convinced of Kennedys weakness after the capture of Gary Powers and that they had ceased to carry out U-2 reconnaissance missions over the Soviet Union for the capture A while after the Vienna Summit the Soviets formed yet another policy with Cuba of Brinkmanship seeing how
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