Why did the Cuban Revolution change the relationship between the superpowers?

In this lesson, you will begin to study our second Cold War crisis, which took place in Cuba. You will learn about the Cuban Revolution in 1959 and the impact that this had on relations between the USA and the USSR. Finally, you will look at the chain of events that the revolution set in motion, including the USA's severing of relations with Cuba, Cuba's development of a relationship with the USSR and finally America's engineering of the Bay of Pigs invasion in April 1961.

Introductory Quiz

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Final Quiz

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