How many of you know that Fidel Castro, the great Cuban revolutionary leader who passed away on Saturday, wrote a letter to the United States president Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II?
On November 6,1946 the young Fidel had written a letter to the president asking “give me a ten dollars bill green american” since he had not seen one. In the letter, addressed as “My good friend Roosevelt” 14-year-old Fidel offers Roosevelt to show the President “the biggest (minas) of iron in the land.”
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Years later, Castro told a reporter who was interviewing him that he received a correspondence from the White House but not the 10$ bill.
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The letter goes like this,
Santiago de Cuba, November 6th 1940
Mr. Franklin Roosevelt
President of the United States:
My good friend Roosevelt:
I don’t know very English, but I know as much as write to you.
I like to hear the radio, and I am very happy, because I heard in it, that you will be President for a new (periodo).
I am twelve years old. I am a boy but I think very much, but I do not think that I am writing to the President of the United States.
If you like, give me a ten dollars bill green american in the letter, because never, I have not seen a ten dollars bill green american and I would like to have one of them.
My address is:
Sr. Fidel Castro
Colegio de Dolores
Santiago de Cuba
I don’t know very English but I know very much Spanish and I suppose you don’t know very Spanish but you know very English because you are American but I am not American.
Thank you very much
Good by. Your friend,
F. Castro (signed)
If you want iron to make your ships I will show to you the bigest (minas) of iron in the land. They are in Mayorí, Oriente, Cuba.
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“I am a boy but I think very much” – Fidel Castro’s letter to FDR, asking for $10. November 6 1940. pic.twitter.com/C5F5Dk90ll
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