Cuban Missile Crisis

By: Anthony Wong         Hour: 1


        The Cuban Missile Crisis was fought between the U.S. lead by John F. Kennedy vs. Soviet Russia and Cuba lead by Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro who both had communist governments.


         After discovering the missile the Congress voted on a full-scale attack on Cuba but John F. Kennedy opposed and said that any attack on Cuba was declaring war against the USSR. On October 22, 1962 John F. Kennedy announced his plan declaring a naval blockade on Cuba not allowing any ships onto Cuba. Nikita Khrushchev refused to back down and by October 24th an invasion became more and more likely. Secretly Nikita Khrushchev and John F. Kennedy were negotiating. Finally after 13 tense days they reached an agreement. No Soviet missiles were allowed in Cuba and no US missiles were allowed in Italy or Turkey.


          The crisis mostly took place in Cuba. It was where the American U-2 spy plane spotted the Soviet missiles, where the naval blockade surrounded, and where the Bay of Pigs happened.


           The crisis started on October 14, 1962 when an American U-2 spy plane spotted the Soviet missiles in Cuba. The war ended on October 27 after the negotiations.


            After the US tried the overthrow the communist government lead by Fidel Castro with the Bay of Pigs Fidel Castro was scared so he negotiated with Nikita Khrushchev. Cuba allowed Soviet missiles that were in range of all US cities in exchange for protection from the US. The US also had nuclear missiles in Italy and Turkey that could reach Moscow and kill many people.

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