Subversive Historian – 10/28/08

{Cienfuegos looking for the latest music review by Gabriel San Roman!}

The Death of Camilo Cienfuegos

Forty-nine years ago on this day in people’s history, Cuban revolutionary Camilo Cienfuegos mysteriously died. On October 28th, 1959, Cienfuegos boarded an airplane flying from Camaguey to Havana when it disappeared over the ocean at night. The Cuban government immediately organized a massive search lasting days, but could not recover debris from the crash nor locate the body of the immensely popular icon of the revolution. Born to a Spanish anarchist family in 1932, Cienfuegos became politicized in the student movements against Cuban dictator Flugencio Batista. The long bearded swashbuckler then moved to Mexico after a second stay in the United States where he met up with Fidel Castro’s Granma expedition. Cienfuegos would go on to become a comandante in the course of the revolution.

Controversies exist over the nature of Cienfuegos exact leftist political orientation and to his death, but what remains certain is that many Cubans revere him as a hero and mark the occasion of his passing by floating flowers into the ocean.


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