Cuba

Castro (right) with fellow revolutionary Camilo Cienfuegos, 8 January 1959.

Were US-Cuban relations soured for the want of ten dollars? 

Roger Hudson sheds light on an 1898 image of US soldiers fighting alongside Cubans to end Spanish rule on the Caribbean island.

Arnold Whitridge offers his survey of American relations with Cuba from the intervention of 1898 down to Castro’s Revolution.

The Battle of Manila Bay

During a short-lived phase of expansionism the United States wrested Cuba and the Philippines from their Spanish rulers. 

A watercolor painting of Havana Bay, c. 1639. By Johannes Vingboons.

From Jefferson onwards, writes Arnold Whitridge, many nineteenth century United States leaders hoped that Cuba could be induced to “add itself to our confederation.”

The author of Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder and the Cold War in the Caribbean discusses her work with Paul Lay.

Alex von Tunzelmann reassesses a two-part article on the troubled relationship between the United States and Cuba, published in History Today 50 years ago in the wake of the Bay of Pigs invasion.

A mural for Fidel in Old Havana, Cuba (Library of Congress)

Michael Dunne remembers the US-backed invasion of Fidel Castro's Cuba.

Fidel Castro in 1978

In 1959 Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba after a masterly campaign of guerrilla warfare. Drawing on this success, Castro and his followers, including Che Guevara, sought to spread their revolution, as Clive Foss explains.

As Fidel Castro finally hands over the reins of power after forty-nine years, Michael Simmons finds his country poised between past and future.