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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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Thunderstorms: Castro’s Granma Rebels and the Matthews Interview

Thunderstorms: Castro’s Granma Rebels and the Matthews Interview

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(p.68) (p.69) 6 Thunderstorms: Castro’s Granma Rebels and the Matthews Interview
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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/9780195101201.003.0007

Few of the tense men crouched on the Granma on November 25, 1956, could have been thinking about the many characteristics of mid-century Cuban-American relations. They were preoccupied with a crowded old boat trying to go out of a Mexican harbour without being caught by Batista's spies. Stormy seas and heavy rains punished the M-26-7 men. They became seasick, the equipment failed, food and water were limited; this caused seven days of punishment. On December 2 of that year, the boat set foot in a muddy mangrove swamp at the south-eastern part of the island adjacent Niquero.

Keywords:   Granma, Cuban-American relations, Batista, seasick, Niquero, M-26-7

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