Fidel Castro on the make
Young Fidel attempts to put the bite on Franklin Roosevelt for ten bucks.
- Tuesday, 28 October 2014
However that may be, Castro, as is known, in later years went on to become a very successful revolutionary and politician. At the time he writes however he was still the illegitimate – and probably underfunded, he asks Roosevelt for a quick ten dollars – son of a plantation owner who had more or less got him out of the way by sending him off to a Jesuit boarding school in Santiago de Cuba, 90 kilometres from home.
The father was very wealthy – his sugar cane plantings near Birán in what was then the Oriente Province are said to have covered 93 km², about 23,000 acres. After the collapse of his first marriage, he took a household servant as his mistress and later as his second wife. Together they had seven children. One of these was Fidel.