Tuesday, May 26, 2009

1956: M-26-7 Granma Expedition leaves Mexico

Cuba History Timeline Events
November 25, 1956
On the 25th of November, Granma, a 60-foot (18-meter) diesel-powered yacht in poor repair, designed to accommodate 10-12 people, leaves Mexico carrying 82 M-26-7 (26th of July Movement) insurgents including Fidel and Raúl Castro, Ché Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos, with a scheduled landing in Cuba on November 30.

The vessel sails down the Tuxpan River into the Gulf of Mexico. The trip took longer than planned, most of the men suffered severe seasickness, and encountered severe engine problems (due to overloading), they had no radio transmitter to communicate their problems and delay. This caused logistics problems with M-26-7 activities coordinated to the arrival.

Granma expedition route 1956Granma yacht
Route of Granma M-26-7 Expedition 1956Granma yacht

based on Manuel Márquez-Sterling's Cuba 1952-1959 and
Cuba 1952-1959 Interactive Timeline

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