How did Fidel Castro gain control of Cuba?
Fidel Castro gained control of Cuba by "overthrowing" the Cuban
dictator Flugencio Batista in 1959. His efforts to overthrow the
government in the early 1950's was to large extent a failure, and
led to him being imprisoned. He did not serve his full term in
prison as he was "pardoned" by Batista. He went in exile in Latin
America where he joined forces with Che Guevara, who eventually
helped him to overthrow Batista. Castro adopted the ideology of
Jose Marti, as he was and still is anti-American.