Contemporary Hispanic Biography, Volume 1 by Ashyia Henderson

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When the small rebel force returned to Cuba aboard the yacht, Granma, they were attacked and a third of their forces decimated. The remaining rebels reassembled in the Sierra Maestra, located in the southern most part of Cuba. Within six months, Castro had won over the local peasants with promises of land reform; within a year, the 26th of July Movement 38 • Contemporary Hispanic Biography • Volume 1 controlled the Sierra Maestra region. ” very inception. ” Within 48 hours, the United States operation had been defeated.

Oil Daily, July 10, 2001; July 30, 2001. ), August 7, 2001. Washington Post, July 28, 2001. World Press Review, June 2000. —Carol Brennan Cardoso • 29 Fernando Cardoso 1931— Sociologist, politician Fernando Henrique Cardoso became the first reelected president of Brazil, based on the strides he made in modernizing the nation. During his terms, he emphasized economic reform, privatization, foreign investment, and funding for social services and education, and did so without a hint of the corruption that had plagued Brazil’s former leaders.

Because they had to pay an increased cost for services, the middle class felt the greatest pinch. In 1994 the inflation rate was 50 percent per month; by 1998, Cardoso had reduced it to three percent per year. Brazil became South America’s cornerstone trade market—billions of dollars in foreign trade and investment poured into the nation. In fewer than four years, Cardoso had made great strides toward stabilizing the nation. So well-liked was Cardoso that voters improved an amendment to the Brazilian constitution that allowed him to serve a second term as president.

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