Here’s a “Nov. 6, 1940, letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from a 14-year-old admirer in Oriente Province, Cuba. In slightly fractured English, the author makes a simple request.”
“If you like, give me a ten dollars bill green american . . . because never I have not seen a ten dollars bill green american and I would like to have one of them. . . . Thank you very much. Good by. Your friend. Fidel Castro.”
Perhaps if FDR had actually sent that kid a sawbuck, the past 40 years would have been completely different for so many.
The letter goes on to say:
My Address is:
Sr. Fidel castro
Colegio de Dolores
Santiago de Cuba
I dont 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…
If you want iron to make your ships I will show to you the bigest(sic) (minas) of iron of the land. They are in Mayari, Oriente, Cuba.