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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.
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