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Contesting CastroThe United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution$
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Thomas G. Paterson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195101201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.001.0001

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Expanding Contact with the Rebeh

Expanding Contact with the Rebeh

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(p.99) 9 Expanding Contact with the Rebeh
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Contesting Castro
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Thomas G. Paterson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.003.0010

The Barbudos remained in the mountain ranges and the Batista troops faltered to track them. The 26th of July Movement guerrillas slowly increased their “Free Territory” in the Oriente Province, obtaining recruits and arms. With triangular shoulder patches to identify them as part of the rebel troop, Castro forces patiently developed the support of local guajiros (peasants), who provided them food, shelter, and their young sons as messengers and lookouts. Rebel sympathizers in America sent smuggled arms to Cuba by hiding bullets, machine guns, and pistols in cars shipped via the ferry boat from Key West to the Havana car agency. Female activists travelled from Miami to Cuba with small guns hidden under their skirts.

Keywords:   Barbudos, 26th of July Movement, Free Territory, Oriente Province, Castro, smuggled arms, guajiros

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