Earth & Conservation

Fidel Castro: Hero Or Villain?

Fidel Castro ruled Cuba for decades and his death inspired mixed responses around the world. So why was Fidel Castro so controversial?

In 1959, Fidel Castro established Cuba as the Western Hemisphere's first communist country. Castro was a self-declared Marxist-Leninist and chose to get rid of all private enterprises, meaning Cubans were very limited in the amount of land they could own and the state took full control over housing and consumer goods.

These are just a few reasons why Castro's recent death was so controversial. President-elect Trump chose to celebrate his death, while Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, called Castro a "larger than life leader who served his people."

What is the real story behind Cuba's controversial communist leader who fell from power? Watch today's Seeker Daily video to find out.

Learn More:

CNN: Donald Trump: Fidel Castro is dead!

History: Cold War 1959 Cuban dictator Batista falls from power

BBC: Fidel Castro: How Cuban leader changed southern Africa