In March 1960, a freighter by the name of La Coubre exploded killing around 75 people in Havana and this ended in increasing tensions between the two countries. Castro accused the USA of sinking the vessel and the same month President Dwight D.
Eisenhower signed into law an agreement to have the CIA train Cuban refugees to overthrow the Cuban government. President John F. Kennedy rejected a plan to land the dissidents in Trinidad and “the CIA suggested a new area, the Bahia de Cochinos, Bay of Pigs” (Weeks 124). This led to the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 but it did not succeed.
As Castro continued naturalizing US businesses, the latter banned all trade between the two countries on October 19, 1960. Cuba had no alternative but to look for other trade partners and they went ahead and started dealing with the Soviet Union. It was after U.S., diplomats Edwin L. Sweet and Wiliam G. Friedman was arrested and expelled from the island, that the US government began plans of how to destabilize the Cuban government.
There were also confirmed reports that the US government tried Castro and other Cuban leaders between the years 1960 and 1965(Weeks 167-178).
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