Rocket Heads, Kidnappers, and the Castros

Thomas G. Paterson

in Contesting Castro

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780195101201
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854189 | DOI:
Rocket Heads, Kidnappers, and the Castros

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On June 26, Raul Castro's Second Front rebels infiltrated the Moa Bay Mining Company, a division of the U.S.-owned Freeport Sukphur Company. Rebels overpowered guards and abducted ten American and two Canadian engineers. Several rebels and soldiers died in this encounter. An American employee of the company hid in a vessel in the harbor and communicated news to the company's U.S. office in New Orleans, which in turn informed its New York office, and called the office in Havana. Around forty miles south of Moa Bay, rebels also captured another American, Desmond Elmore of the Ermita sugar factory. In Wahsington, Terrance Leonhardy decided to publicize the incident in the press to incite violent opinions to convince the rebels to release abducted workers.

Keywords: Raul Castro; Moa Bay Mining Company; Freeport Sukphur Company; Desmond Elmore; Terrance Leonhardy

Chapter.  5934 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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