Manuel Castro Argota

All We Know About Manuel Castro Argota, the brother of Fidel Castro

Manuel Castro Argota was the son of Angel Castro y Argiz and Maria Luisa Argota. Manuel Castro Argota was born on 1913, and unfortunately, he passed away at a young age in 1914. He was only a year old when he died.

Manuel Castro Argota’s Father

Angel Castro Argiz, Manuel Castro Argota’s father, was a renowned figure who built his life by himself. When Manuel Castro’s father was sixteen years old, he was recruited to the Spanish army and travelled to Cuba during the second war of independence.

Manuel Castro’s father hired a group of men to cut down the hardwood forests and plant sugar cane. Castro was able to prosper and bought a total of 11,000 hectares of land covered with livestock, pine wood, and sugarcane.

Manuel Castro’s father had two wives, Maria Argota Reyes and Dominga Gonzalez Ramos. Angel Castro’s first wife was blessed with three daughters and two sons, while the other wife had seven children, three sons, and four daughters.

Manuel Castro’s Brother, Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro was born in August 1926 to Lina Gonzalez and Angel Castro Argiz. Fidel was an intellectual, and he finished high school in 1945. Later that year, Manuel Castro’s brother entered law school at the University of Havana. While he was in university, he got engaged in politics.

Manuel Castro Argota’s brother graduated from law school and started practicing law in small partnerships in Havana. In 1952, Fidel Castro wanted to run for parliament, but General Batista overthrew the government and canceled the election.

Castro tried to oppose the Batista regime in court, and in 1953 he led a revolution in Santiago. He was arrested and tried, and in 1955, he was jailed. The same year after being jailed, he was exiled and relocated to Mexico to organize a new force. He landed on the Cuban coast in 1956 with 82 men but was defeated, and only 12 men survived.

In 1958, he led a march on Havana and successfully won over general Batista. Batista fled in 1959, and Castro took over power. Fidel Castro was made the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Cuba in January 1959. When Prime Minister Miro resigned suddenly, Castro got sworn in in February 1959.

Castro was seen as a hero in the poorest areas of Latin America and Africa. He was seen as the leader of the third world and enemy of the wealthy and greedy. During one of Fidel Castro’s visits to South Africa, he was warmly welcomed and received by then president Nelson Mandela. Former South African president Nelson Mandela awarded Castro the highest South African civilian award.

Fidel Alejandro Castro, Manuel Castro’s brother, underwent surgery and transferred his responsibilities to the first Vice-President and his younger brother Raul Modesto Castro Ruz in July 2006.

His mandate was about to expire in February 2008, and he refused to be a Commander in Chief or President. The national assembly elected Raul Modesto Castro to succeed him as the Cuban president on 24 February 2008.

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