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Bay of Pigs invasion, Cuba

Bay of Pigs invasion, Cuba.

On April 17, 1961, 1400 Cuban exiles launched what became a botched invasion at the Bay of Pigs on the south coast of Cuba.

During the period between the election and his inauguration, JFK was briefed on a CIA plan developed within the Eisenhower Administration to train Cuban exiles for an invasion of their homeland. The United States was distrustful of Fidel Castro, the leader of Cuba, and wary of his relationship with Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet premier. The plan anticipated that support from the Cuban people and perhaps even from elements of the Cuban military would lead to the overthrow of Castro and the establishment of a non-communist government friendly to the United States.

Invasion preparations had begun in March of 1960, when President Eisenhower approved a CIA plan to train Cuban exiles. Camps in Guatemala were established, and by

Added: Nov-13-2007 
By: Brentaubrey
Tags: Cuba, Bay of Pigs, 1961, Hasta Siempre, Che, Castro,
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