WHEN FIDEL MET CHE

History Revealed - - CUBAN REVOLUTION -

After their re­lease from prison in 1955, Fidel Cas­tro and his brother Raúl trav­elled to Mex­ico. There they made the ac­quain­tance of a young Ar­gen­tinian doc­tor by the name of Ernesto ‘Che’ Gue­vara.

Fidel and Che’s con­nec­tion was in­stant. De­spite their re­spectable oc­cu­pa­tions (Cas­tro was a lawyer, Gue­vara a doc­tor), they shared a com­mit­ment to rev­o­lu­tion­ary ideals. At that first meet­ing, they talked for ten hours through the night. “I didn’t need much to en­list for a rev­o­lu­tion against a tyrant,” Gue­vara later wrote. “I was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with Fidel. I shared his op­ti­mism. We needed to act, to strug­gle, to ma­te­ri­alise our be­liefs. Stop whin­ing and fight.”

Gue­vara had trav­elled ex­ten­sively around Latin Amer­ica, see­ing at first hand the poor eco­nomic con­di­tions of the re­gion, which he at­trib­uted to heavy US in­ter­fer­ence and ex­ploita­tion. Cuba rep­re­sented the per­fect cause, where a US-backed dic­ta­tor could be over­thrown and an ex­am­ple made to the rest of the re­gion. Over the sub­se­quent weeks and months, the pair be­came a for­mi­da­ble part­ner­ship, meet­ing in the cafés of Mex­ico City to plot the path to rev­o­lu­tion, fu­elled by strong cof­fee and en­gulfed in cigar smoke.

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