Fidel Castro’s student digs

By Lisa Marie Griffith

I was lucky enough to spend two months in Cuba last month and part of the trip was spent in Santiago which is known as ‘Birthplace of the Revolution’. Fidel Castro lived in the house on the left hand side of this picture, General Jesus Rani no.6, between 1931 and 1933 while he was studying in Santiago. The city was where Castro led his first uprising on 26 July 1953.  When Batista finally fled, Castro announced on 1 January 1959 that the revolution had been succesful in Santiago’s Town Hall. The house above is currently used as a domestic residence by a private family and there is no plaque to mark the site. Without our guide-book we would have passed by the spot without even knowing who had lived there.

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