Fidel Castro’s Revolution and takeover of Cuba began with rallies, parades, and promises of hope but instead the regime gutted the small nation’s system of enterprise and muzzled the dynamic Cuban culture that people enjoyed during1950’s. All symbols of Democracy and Capitalism were torn down and replaced with “Revolutionary Schools” established by the Communist regime to further enhance and spread their propaganda. Cuba’s religious leaders were excommunicated, imprisoned and murdered.
Traditions like the “Cuban Winter Baseball League” became Fidel’s props, instruments for social and economic control. News about kidnappings, murders and imprisonment of Cubans fighting to overthrow the regime became a part the country’s daily existence. It was clear that human rights had become a fairy tale that existed across the sea, in America.
After the failed United States led invasion at the Bay of Pigs, Castro’s oppressive grip on the island grew unbearable. Silvio watched in horror as his father’s attempt to maintain autonomy repeatedly ended in vain and his mother’s frustration with the new Cuba reached a tipping point.
But, the journey to Freedom would not be an easy one, their experiences along the way taught them to adapt and strengthened their resolve to find a new way of life outside their beloved Cuba. With the support of family and friends the Canto’s discovered and formed a new identity, they became “Cubanos in Wisconsin”
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