The First Ambassadors: Cuba's Contribution to Guinea-Bissau's War of Independence

  title={The First Ambassadors: Cuba's Contribution to Guinea-Bissau's War of Independence},
  author={Piero Gleijeses},
  journal={Journal of Latin American Studies},
  pages={45 - 88}
  • Piero Gleijeses
  • Published 1 February 1997
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Latin American Studies
As the rebels of Guinea-Bissau fought for independence from Portugal, Cuban military instructors stood by their side and Cuban doctors treated their wounds. Joining the rebellion in 1966, and remaining through the war's end in 1974, this was the longest Cuban intervention in Africa before the despatch of troops to Angola in November 1975. It was also the most successful. As the Guinean paper Nõ Pintcha declared, ‘The Cubans' solidarity was decisive for our struggle’. Cuba's contribution to… 
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