By Dominique Marshall and Aaron Butler
The Bay of Pigs was actually an invasion of Cuban exiles into Cuba.
- The United States used these exiles at an attempt to overthrow the current Cuban government.
-The name “bay of pigs”, or in spanish “Bahia de Chochinos” comes from an inlet on the
Southern coast of Cuba.
- The Cuban exiles were used by the C.I.A. at attempts to control and take over the
Cuban government. Their leader was John F. Kennedy.
- The head of the Cuban government, Fidel Castro was being planned to be overthrown because of his dictator-like ways.
The U.S., lead by John F.
Kennedy, had 1,500 trained ground forces known as the
- The Cuban government, led by Fidel Castro, had:
25,000 in the cuban army,
200,00 Cuban militia, and
9,000 armed police
- Once Kennedy gave the okay for the troops to proceed, the
1,500 advanced to the Bay of
Pigs on April 17th, 1961.
- The ground forces believed that they would serve as a rally, which would help overthrow Castro.
- Sadly, the plan immediately fell apart.There were rapid counter-attacks, including attacks from the Cuban air force on most of the exile’s supply ships.
- Since the U.S. never had the air force needed, the uprising never occurred.
The losses of the Cubans were:
-the cuban army lost 176,
500+ were wounded
-the Cuban militia and police had a total of 4,000 wounded, killed and missing
- The loss of the U.S.:
- 118 were killed
- 360 wounded, and
1,202 were captured
- The U.S. surrendered on April
19th, 1961, and….
The Cuban government won against the United
2) www.en.wikipedia.org/bay_o f_pigs