Cuban Missile Crisis Analysis

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Identification and evaluation of sources "Was the Bay of Pigs invasion the main cause of the Cuban Missile Crisis?" is the question that this investigation will solely focus on responding to. The evidence to accurate answers to the question are what appeared on the lines of investigation while searching for the causes of events that lead to the crisis. Thus, two sources are of particular significance to the investigation: My Life by Fidel Castro and Meeting Sheds New Lights On Cuban Missile Crisis article written by Richard Bernstien, as they both explicitly state the causes of the crisis and provide an overall hindsight about what happened afterwards. Source: An article from The New York Times: Meeting Sheds New Lights On Cuban Missile Crisis.…show more content…
The U.S domination and large influence in Cuba during Batista 's rule influenced young lawyer Fidel Castro to overthrow the unjust, corrupt ruling system to replace it with a socialist Soviet Union supported government (David G. Williamson). Castro 's guerrilla fighters sought to overthrow the old system of injustice and poverty towards the Cubans through the Cuban Revolution in 1953-1959. Once in power, Castro removed American influence in Cuba and nationalized the economy, which in effect raised tensions in the US towards Castro 's rule. These tensions towards the Cubans were in the form of many conflicts and overthrow attempts to Castro 's government by the U.S., which eventually lead to what is known as The Cuban Missile Crisis. From the lines of investigation, causes such as the Cuban revolution, American aggression and the Soviet involvement appear to have contributed to the origin of the crisis. This investigation will demonstrate that the invasion of the Bay of Pigs was not the main cause of the Cuban missile crisis, but rather one amongst…show more content…
As evidenced from the lines of investigation, one of the main causes of the Cuban Missile Crisis was the Cuban Revolution. In order to fully understand the way in which the revolution contributed to the cause of the crisis, it is important to note the factors that caused Castro to spark the revolution. The leader of Cuba whom the revolution sought to overthrow was Fulgencio Batista, a puppet controlled and assisted by the United States who allowed Cuba to become a "playground for America’s rich" (C N Trueman). One of the most common examples of how Batista allowed the U.S to play around with the Cuban economy was when the American-owned Cuban telephone company presented a gold telephone to Batista for allowing "excessive telephone rate increase" that the American government had requested (Kennedy speech). This all changed once Castro was in power. He started removing all the American influence which Batista had allowed in Cuba by nationalizing the industry, economy, re-distributing the land and confiscating American business and agricultural belongings (Britannica). However; Castro could not do this without directly affecting the American interests in Cuba ( Thus, turning to a big anti-American power like the Soviet Union was an option that Castro chose to guarantee himself and the nations security. Professor Jutta Weldes mentions in Constructing National Interests that "elements of the Castro movement were engaged in anti-American activities even during the

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