Today in Latin American History
Che Guevara Set Out on a Trip Throughout LatAm in 1953
Photo: Ernesto "Che" Guevara
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.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, US troops occupied Monterey & Yerba Buena, CA during the Mexican-American War in 1846
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Brazil Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves who was in office 1902-06 was born in 1848
- Today in LatAm history, former President of El Salvador Fidel Sánchez Hernández who was in office 1967-72 was born in 1917