Cuba Essay

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The 1960s was one of the most impactful periods in the history if the United States of America. From the moon landing to the assassinations of John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. to the Vietnam War, the decade changed the entire scope of America’s future. One of the most significant of events was the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Cuban Missile Crisis was a panic concerning the discovery of Soviet missiles in the Central American country of Cuba. The confrontation lasted less than two weeks but had everyone around the world fretful of a possible nuclear confrontation.
Since the beginning of the Cold War in 1947, a long running economic, political, military, and social friction and hostility had been present between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Social Republics (Soviet Union or USSR). The start of the Cold War coincided with the end of World War II and the race for Berlin, Germany. Once Germany was defeated in the war, the United States and the Soviet Union began to jockey for who would be the world’s next dominant force. The most significant portion of the race for dominance was the nuclear arms race that came with it. Both countries took a martial view about what it meant to be powerful. This meant that they believed that they would determine which country was stronger by judging the amount of nuclear missiles and warheads that they had. The other main determinant was how close each country could get missiles stationed and aimed at the other.
To gain an advantage, the United States placed missiles pointed at Moscow in both Turkey and Italy. This made Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev uneasy and prompted him to search for a site to place his own missiles as close as those pointed at Moscow. Khrushchev found this in Cuba. Cuba, a socialist country led by communist leader Fidel Castro, was an extremely important country in the Cold War because of its very close proximity to the United States and its Soviet political views. In the Bay of Pigs...

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