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Early Cuban Immigration • The first major immigration after the revolution began with Cuba’s monied elite—former government officials, bankers, and industrialists who had done well under the Batista dictatorship and feared Castro’s revolutionary orientation. This group’s economic position in Cuba was directly related to Cuba’s economic and political relationship with the United States. • Because they were fleeing a Communist government, they found the U.S. government a willing host. Both the immigrants and the government viewed these Cubans as refugees who were forced into temporary exile but who intended to return home when Castro was overthrown. This is a major reason why most chose to stay in south Florida. • Another group of immigrants, totaling more than 250,000, arrived between 1965 and the late 1970s. In late 1965, almost five thousand relatives of refugees already in the United States were allowed to leave Cuba aboard hundreds of boats. This exodus was followed by an airlift negotiated by the U.S. and Cuban governments. Concern with economic scarcities and hop for a
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