By Rose Ana Berbeo
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On January 1, 1959, Batista fled the country. S. embassy, General Eulogio Cantillo tried to create a civilian/military junta. Fidel Castro ordered the Santiago de Cuba 54 garrison to surrender and called on the people to carry out a general strike. With massive support throughout the country, it ensured the victory of the Revolution. 55 REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD 1959-1998 THE EARLY YEARS As soon as it was installed, the revolutionary government began dismantling the neocolonial political system. The organs of repression were dissolved and for the first time in many years, citizens were guaranteed the full exercise of their rights.
For the first time, too, the education system also attained completely national coverage, and an extensive scholarship program made it possible for middle and higher education to be within reach of the entire population. Quality of life improved thanks to a farreaching effort to spread culture, which was materialized in the regular and generally massive printing of literary works, the creation and sustenance of many artistic ensembles, the promotion of the amateur movement, and substantial film production and exhibition.
To come up with the idea of «Americanizing» the island through a long occupation. This idea had two main aspects. ). S. » However, none of these projects had the purpose of transforming the former Spanish 1 Second military governor. Exercised authority over the island from December 20, 1899 to May 20, 1902. S. politicians, magnates and landowners. Meanwhile, a lack of capital and sources of credit was placing the Cuban landed classes in an extremely disadvantageous position for reestablishing their businesses, above all those related to the important sugar industry, very much damaged by the war.
A Brief History of Cuba by Rose Ana Berbeo