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Fulgencio Batista

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Colonel Fulgencio Batista

 

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Batista In Exile (1959)

 

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President Fulgencio Batista quells revolution in Havana, Cuba. HD Stock Footage

 

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Batista Revolt In Cuba (1952)

 

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Cuba - Batista Puts The Accent On Youth Aka Cuban Dictator At Home Lner (1938)

Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar was the elected President of Cuba from 1940 to 1944, and the U.S.-backed authoritarian ruler from 1952 to 1959, before being overthrown during the Cuban Revolution. Batista initially rose to power as part of the 1933 Revolt of the Sergeants, which overthrew the provisional government of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes y Quesada. He then appointed himself chief of the armed forces, with the rank of colonel, and effectively controlled the five-member "pentarchy" that functioned as the collective head of state. He maintained this control through a string of puppet presidents until 1940, when he was himself elected President of Cuba on a populist platform. He then instated the 1940 Constitution of Cuba and served until 1944. After finishing his term he lived in Florida, returning to Cuba to run for president in 1952. Facing certain electoral defeat, he led a military coup against President Carlos Prío Socarrás that preempted the election.
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  • Personal 

  • 1933 coup 

  • First presidency (1940–1944) 

  • Post-presidency 

  • Military coup and second presidency (1952–1959) 

  • Economy of Cuba 

  • Relationship with organized crime 

  • Support of U.S. business and government 

  • Batista, Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution 

  • Marriages and children 

  • Extramarital affairs 

  • Death 

  • In popular culture