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<i>Thunderstorms: Castro’s</i> Granma <i>Rebels and the Matthews Interview</i>

Thomas G. Paterson

in Contesting Castro

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780195101201
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854189 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.003.0007
Thunderstorms: Castro’s Granma Rebels and the Matthews Interview

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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

Chapter.  4912 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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