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Contesting CastroThe United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution$
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Thomas G. Paterson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195101201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.001.0001

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U.S. Third-Force Conspiracies and Batista's Flight

U.S. Third-Force Conspiracies and Batista's Flight

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(p.216) 19 U.S. Third-Force Conspiracies and Batista's Flight
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Contesting Castro
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Thomas G. Paterson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.003.0020

Word spread like bushfire about a series of schemes to block the 26th of July Movement's road to glory. For instance, senior military officials led by Batista loyalist General Francisco Tabernilla approached one of Castro's underground leaders in Havana. They offered to replace Batista with a civil-military junta comprising of commander of army groups in Santiago. Colonel Florentino Rosell, Tabernilla's emissary, stated that the U.S. would quickly recognize the new government. Rebel intermediary Pepe Echemendia told Castro that he was informed that the proposal was tackled with the “the North American Embassy.” Echemendia also stated he knew about other anti-Batista schemes.

Keywords:   26th of July Movement, Castro, Havana, Santiago, junta, General Francisco Tabernilla, Colonel Florentino Rosell, Pepe Echemendia

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