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The United States and Castro's Cuba in the Cold War

President Dwight Eisenhower did not hesitate to recognize the government established by Fidel Castro. On 7 January 1959, six days after Fulgencio Batista had fled Cuba, the White House extended the hand of friendship to the victorious guerrillas. Within a year, however, Eisenhower had decided that Castro must go.

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