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Today in Latin American History

Che Guevara Set Out on a Trip Throughout LatAm in 1953

Che Guevara Set Out on a Trip Throughout LatAm in 1953

Photo: Ernesto "Che" Guevara

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Today in Latin American history, Ernesto “Che” Guevara set out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica in 1953.

He eventually settled for a while in Guatemala, at the time experimenting with significant land reform under President Jacobo Arbenz.

When the CIA overthrew Arbenz, Che tried to join a brigade and fight, but it was over too quickly. Che took refuge in the Argentine Embassy before securing a safe passage to Mexico.

In Mexico, Che met and befriended Raúl Castro, one of the leaders in the assault on the Moncada Barracks in Cuba.

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