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ERNESTO ‘CHE’ GUEVARA A B IOGR APHY

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Ernesto ‘ Che ’ Guevara. A Biography. El ‘ Che ”. Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, known as Che Guevara, was born on 14 June 1928 in Rosario, Argentina into a middle-class family. He studied medicine at Buenos Aires University and during this time travelled widely in South and Central America . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Page 1: Ernesto ‘ Che ’ Guevara

ERNESTO ‘C

HE’ GUEVA

RA

A BI O

G R A P H Y

Page 2: Ernesto ‘ Che ’ Guevara

EL ‘CHE”• Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, known as Che

Guevara, was born on 14 June 1928 in Rosario, Argentina into a middle-class family.

• He studied medicine at Buenos Aires University and during this time travelled widely in South and Central America.

• The widespread poverty and oppression he witnessed, fused with his interest in Marxism, convinced him that the only solution to South and Central America's problems was armed revolution.

Page 3: Ernesto ‘ Che ’ Guevara

EL ‘CHE’• In 1954 he went to Mexico and the following

year he met Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

• Guevara joined Castro's '26th July Movement' and played a key role in the eventual success of its guerrilla war against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

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EL ‘CHE”• Castro overthrew Batista in 1959 and took

power in Cuba.• From 1959-1961, Guevara was president of the

National Bank of Cuba, and then minister of industry. In this position, he travelled the world as an ambassador for Cuba.

• At home, he carried out plans for land redistribution and the nationalisation of industry

Page 5: Ernesto ‘ Che ’ Guevara

EL ‘CHE’• A strong opponent of the United States, he guided the

Castro regime towards alignment with the Soviet Union. The Cuban economy faltered as a result of American trade sanctions and unsuccessful reforms.

• During this difficult time Guevara began to fall out with the other Cuban leaders.

• He later expressed his desire to spread revolution in other parts of the developing world, and in 1965 Castro announced that Guevara had left Cuba.

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EL ‘CHE’• Guevara then spent several months in Africa, particularly

the Congo, attempting to train rebel forces in guerrilla warfare.

• His efforts failed and in 1966 he secretly returned to Cuba. • From Cuba he travelled to Bolivia to lead forces rebelling

against the government of René Barrientos Ortuño.

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EL ‘CHE’• With US assistance, the Bolivian army captured

Guevara and his remaining fighters. • He was executed on 9 October 1967 in the

Bolivian village of La Higuera and his body was buried in a secret location.

• In 1997 his remains were discovered, exhumed and returned to Cuba, where he was reburied.