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Lesson Plan Six (Student Resources)

Embargo of Cuba.

Introduction
Since 1960, America has maintained an economic embargo of Cuba. During the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, America was threatened by missiles arriving from Russia, which were then withdrawn. Since then, Cuba has not posed any physical threat to America, but is still a communist regime 90 miles from Florida. The question remains-- should this 50 year old embargo continue or be ended?

Vocabulary
A boycott is joining with others in refusing to deal with a person, organization, or country, usually to express disapproval or to force acceptance of terms (adapted from Merriam Webster – Word Central).
An embargo is an order of a government prohibiting commercial ships from leaving its ports; legal prohibition or restriction of trade; an informal or unofficial stoppage (adapted from Merriam Webster – Word Central).
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation between the Soviet Union, Cuba and the United States during the Cold War. In September 1962, the Cuban and Soviet governments began to build bases in Cuba for a number of medium- and intermediate-range ballistic nuclear missiles with the ability to strike most of the continental United States. On October 14, a United States U-2 photoreconnaissance plane captured photographic proof of missile bases under construction in Cuba. Tensions finally began to ease on October 28 when Khrushchev announced that he would dismantle the installations and return the missiles to the Soviet Union, expressing his trust that the United States would not invade Cuba (adapted from ThinkQuest).