Fidel Castro enters Pinar del Río with the Caravan of Liberty (+ Photos)
One of the oldest and best-known sections of Granma newspaper, “Today in History,” arrives to Granma International’s website this Wednesday, and will feature images and texts on different historical moments each week
One of the oldest and best-known sections of Granma newspaper, “Today in History,” founded on March 14, 1992, arrives to Granma International’s website this Wednesday, and will bring our followers images and texts on different historical moments each week
This new section will feature largely unknown photos, that form part of Granma’s valuable Archive, which treasures a large part of the history of the Cuban Revolution. Our readers will also be able to enjoy previously published texts on related topics of interest.
This first instalment is dedicated to the province of Pinar del Río:
On January 17, 1959, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, leading the Caravan of Liberty, left Havana for the province of Pinar del Río. As the Caravan passed through the towns of Punta Brava, Bauta and Guanajay, the people took to the streets to welcome the heroic guerrilla fighters of the Sierra Maestra.
In the afternoon, the Caravan arrived in Candelaria (today part of Artemisa province) and continued through San Cristóbal, Consolación del Sur and the San Diego de los Baños Park, in Los Palacios, where the local population gathered.
A truck was placed at the intersections of José Martí and Rafael Ferro Streets, in the city of Pinar del Río, to serve as an improvised podium.
From there, in the early evening, Fidel spoke to the people of Pinar del Río, who were overwhelmed with joy and happiness for the triumph of the Revolution.