A History of Che Guevara


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Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about Modern Politics, which is highly controversial. So let me talk about a subject which is NEVER controversial, history! This is a history of “Che” Guevara who was born 89 years ago.

In 1928 Ernesto Guevara de la Sema, also known as Che Guevara, was born in Rosario, Argentina. He was a fairly normal child, with 4 other siblings, all younger than him. He suffered with asthma but nonetheless was an amazing athlete at sports including swimming, football, shooting, being an “untiring” cyclist and playing for his university at Rugby Union.

His family was aristocratic, and after a move to Alta Garcia he got home schooled from 6 to 10 years old. In 1937 he joins a primary school, which was when the Spanish Civil War started; his father loving the “Republican Side” A.K.A The Communists/General Left-Wing, would after the war host many Republicans in their home.

With all this he would be fascinated by the poor, Chess, Readings from Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, H.G Wells, Buddha and Aristotle. Eventually Marxism would become the way he thought for the rest of his life.

In 1947, the family moved to Buenos Aires and Che entered the University of Buenos Aires to study Medicine. In 1950, Che fitted a small engine on his bike to do a 4500km Road Trip by himself through Rural Northern Argentina. After that, in 1951, him and his friend Alberto Granado did an 8000km Road Trip through a lot of South America.

In that 1951 trip Che saw the working conditions in a copper mine in Chile, a communist couple that didn’t even have a blanket, the poverty in the rural areas in the Andes and more. This moved him for the rest of his life. He now believed in a United Hispanic America that needed liberation continent wide.

In 1953, Che received his Medical Degree and decided to head to Guatemala. Before leaving Costa Rica he sent a message to his Aunt about going through the lands owned by the United Fruit Company and how he was now sure that its Capitalist system was a bad one.

The letter ended with Che swearing on an image of (the at that time recently dead) Joseph Stalin, not to rest until “Octopuses have been vanquished”.

In Guatemala, president Arbenz was a democratic leader who with other policies had made it so that all uncultivated portions of large areas of land would be redistributed to landless peasants.