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Cuba and Southern Africa

Cuban documents about Havana's policy toward Southern Africa in the final fifteen years of the Cold War. Obtained by Piero Gleijeses for his book "Visions of Freedom." See his introduction to the collection for more information. (Image, Poster of President Agostinho Neto and Fidel Castro after Angolan independence celebration)

  • April 23, 1976

    Raúl Castro, Report on Cuban Technical Assistance to Angola, 'Acerca de la necesidad de una masiva ayuda técnica (civil) a RPA'

    Cuba’s minister of defense Raúl Castro recommends granting technical assistance to Angola.

  • June, 1976

    Raúl Castro, Report on his Visit to Africa, 'Informe al Buró Político del Segundo Secretario del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba acerca de su visita... (19 de abril a 7 junio de 1976)'

    Cuba’s minister of defense Raúl Castro reports on his visit to Angola, the USSR, Congo Brazzaville and Guinea Conakry, 19 April - 7 June 1976.

  • July 13, 1976

    Jorge Risquet to Fidel Castro

    Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola.

  • January 20, 1977

    Senén Casas to Abelardo Colomé

    General Senén Casas was Cuba’s first deputy minister of defense; General Abelardo Colomé was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola.

  • March, 1977

    Cuban Intelligence Report on Ethiopia, 'Síntesis analítica sobre la revolución etiopica. Proposiciones'

    Intelligence report on the situation in Ethiopia.

  • March 23, 1977

    Memorandum of Conversation between Fidel Castro and Agostinho Neto

    Agostinho Neto was Angola's president.

  • April, 1977

    Abelardo Colomé to Senén Casas

    General Abelardo Colomé was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola; General Senén Casas was Cuba’s first deputy minister of defense.

  • June 14, 1977

    Memorandum, Raúl Castro to Fidel Castro

    Raúl Castro was Cuba’s minister of defense.

  • September 23, 1977

    Jorge Risquet to Fidel Castro

    Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola.

  • October, 1977

    Memorandum of Conversation between Levy Farah and Carlos Rocha (Dilolwa)

    Levy Farah was a senior Cuban aid official; Carlos Rocha (code name Dilolwa) was a member of the political bureau of the MPLA.

  • October 12, 1977

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and Sam Nujoma

    Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola; Sam Nujoma was the president of SWAPO.

  • November 05, 1977

    Cooperative Agreement between Cuba and Angola, 'Acuerdo especial sobre condiciones generales para la realización de la colaboración económica y científico-técnica entre el gobierno de la República de Cuba y el gobierno de Angola'

    Cooperation agreement between Cuba and Angola.

  • December 13, 1977

    Memorandum of Conversation between Raúl Castro and Samora Machel

    Raúl Castro was Cuba’s minister of defense; Samora Machel was the president of Mozambique.

  • February, 1978

    Jorge Risquet to Agostinho Neto

    Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola; Agostinho Neto was the president of Angola.

  • February 21, 1978

    Jorge Risquet to Fidel Castro

    Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola.

  • February 21, 1978

    Agostinho Neto to Jorge Risquet

    Agostinho Neto was the president of Angola; Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola.

  • May 12, 1978

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and Sam Nujoma

    Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola; Sam Nujoma was the president of SWAPO.

  • May 19, 1978

    Memorandum of Conversation between Senén Casas and Agostinho Neto

    General Senén Casas was Cuba’s first deputy minister of defense; Agostinho Neto was the president of Angola.

  • June 11, 1978

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and Sam Nujoma

    Jorge Risquet was the head of the Cuban Civilian Mission in Angola; Sam Nujoma was the president of SWAPO.

  • September 14, 1978

    Military Agreement between Cuba and Angola, 'Convenio sobre los principios de colaboración en la rama militar, entre la República de Cuba y la República Popular de Angola'

    Military agreement between Cuba and Angola.