Fidel Castro was a Cuban revolutionary leader who ruled Cuba for a half-century. He came to power with successful guerrilla warfare and rebellion moment against the US-backed dictator, Fulgencio Batista. He transformed his country into the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere. For Westerns, particularly Americans, he was evil. For some third world countries like Africa, Angola, Latin America, Ethiopia, Algeria, and some middle east countries, Fidel was a hero. The U.S. made several attempts to remove Castro from power, including Bay of Pigs invasion and financial embargo. CIA also planned hundreds of assassination attempts, but they all failed. However, he has failed to lift the Cuban economy, and when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Cuba’s economy suffered.
Castro was born in 1926, and his father was a migrant to Cuba from Galicia. Castro became an activist during his studies at the University of Havana. Castro’s first wife was Mirta Díaz-Balart, whom he married in October 1948, and together they had a son. He also had an affair with one of his servants, Lina Ruz González, whom he later also married, and they had seven children.
Here below are some rare photos of Fidel Castro from his childhood, teenage and adulthood.