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If Fidel Castro dies who takes over Cuba?
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What are some historical events of Cuba?
Christopher Columbus claimed Cuba for Spain in 1492. Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar conquered Cuba in 1524. Slaves came to Cuba in 1527 from Africa. Slavery was abolished in 1886. The The Cuban revolution begins in 1895. In 1898, the U.S.S. Maine explodes in Havana harbor starting the War of 1898. In 1902, Cuba became independent, but remained under the protection of the US. US occupation ends in 1909. Batista takes over Cuba with the help of the Cuban military in 1952. In 1957, Fidel Castro starts a guerrilla war against Batista. President Batista resigns on January 1, 1959. On February 16, 1959, Fidel Castro takes over as leader of Cuba. In 1960, Dwight Eisenhower starts planning an invasion of Cuba. On April 15, 1961, John F. Kennedy authorizes the Bay of Pigs invasion. By August, President Kennedy is informed that the 29 August U-2 mission that Russian missiles are in Cuba. The Cuban Missile Crisis starts on April 15, 1961. The blockade of Cuba begins on October 23, 1961 after President Kennedy speaks to the American public about the crisis. The missiles are removed on October 28. Raúl Castro takes over the government as Fidel has an emergency operation and eventually is elected president. Fidel dies on November 25, 2016.
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Why Americans go to Cuba?
During the Cold War or"proxy wars" Cuba's Fidel Castro overthrew the dictator that the United States had originally set up to be a puppet government; the US lost control of Cuba and Castro joined the side of Russia (then USSR). Then the Cuban Missile Crisis followed... Relations between Cuba and the US quickly deteriorated and the US set in place a trade and travel embargo (meaning that nothing goes in or out of Cuba from/to the US). The embargo that is currently holding people back from traveling to Cuba is a relic and needs to be removed. The US, being as stubborn as possible, will likely not lift the the embargo until Castro dies because they believe it is symbolic or some other reason (it has NO practical reason).
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Over next few years what is likely to happen to development of communist countries?
Communism has largely proven to be a form of government that doesn't work. This has been evidenced by the collapse of the Soviet Union. China is moving further away from the communist model of their government embracing capitalism. Cuba will likely end its communist government when Fidel Castro dies.
Is it still illegal to have Cuban cigars?
Yes. The US still has a trade embargo against Cuba. There has been one in place since March of 1958, and recently became more strict by adding that it is illegal for American's to consume Cuban cigars outside of the United States. This was added in 2004. There is currently no end in sight for the embargo to end, but it will most likely continue until Fidel Castro dies and the Cuban government becomes non-communist.