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#207 - Fidel Castro

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At odds with the United States, Castro predicts “the victorious and uncontrollable development of our revolution”


Handwritten speech notes in Spanish, unsigned, one page both sides, 6 x 9, no date. His notes read, in part (translated): “Hiram of Lubrijón…The Revolutionary Government is very aware of the desperate efforts that is…the efforts that reflect in the last days…the open…activity that the imperialism has been realizing during the last weeks in order to promote at all cost…revolutionaries, terrorism acts, murder attempts and all type of fights that have a tendency to interfere with the revolutionary process…That activity has been doubled after…reports have been expressed to the ONU to the Prime Minister of the Government. It seems like they are worried within the Justice department of the United States Government, every time the anger and desperation increases, because of our solid activity and the victorious and uncontrollable development of our revolution that translates each time in a less dissimulated support of anti-revolutionaries, the war criminals and the worse…traitors, mercenaries of all type that…of service. Disembark between Moa and Baracoa…group of expatriates and gringos coming from…They left the United States. They are 27 in total Leader dead. One hurt and another prisoner…quickly attacked combated…by the army forces and militia’s farmers…The Ministry of the Armed Forces communicates the following: In the day of yesterday…communicates the headquarters of…Militia of the West.” Several of the lines have been struck through and a few other corrections were made throughout the text. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, a few creases and wrinkles, chipping to top edge, and a bit of light foxing.

Castro’s thoughts reveal the rising tension between the United States and Cuba in the wake of the 1959 revolution. His successful overthrow, he plainly notes here, threatened the US government and caused officials to attack out of "anger and desperation”—apparently a reference to the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Relying on counterrevolutionary Cuban exiles and a few American pilots, the attempted invasion took place in April 1961 with disastrous results, with more than 100 exiles dying in the attack and approximately 1,200 others taken prisoner. It was later revealed that four American pilots flying for the CIA had lost their lives as well. A remarkable handwritten piece exemplifying Castro's triumphant revolutionary mindset. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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