Topics: Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Cuba Pages: 4 (1171 words) Published: November 10, 2014
During his journey through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela, with his good friend Granado, Che Guevara had many asthma attacks (Richards). These attacks caused for Guevara to be put in medical care time after time. This gave them both time to experience all of the terrible conditions in the hospitals and in all the countries they traveled through. These experiences caused for Guevara to form a negative impression of the capitalists in South America. The major factor that caused for this negative outlook on the government and politics was when he went to the Chuquicamata copper mine in Chile, the working conditions were horrendous. Also when he visited the 15th century Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, which was gorgeous but the government did the same thing to as the copper mine. Since it was such an attraction and help to the economy they were willing to exploit the workers, the ruins, and the Indians that were living on the lands just to profit from it. This opened up Che Guevara’s eyes to the world of politics. He, after the motorcycle ride, was excited to get out and go explore some more. While on his trip around Bolivia and Guatemala, Guevara met Hilda Gadea, a Peruvian revolutionary who got exhaled from her country. Hilda taught Guevara the ways of Marxism, the belief, by Karl Marx that the struggle between different classes in society should no longer exist and there should be no segregation (Marxism). Hilda and Guevara’s revolutionary friends, Jacobo Arbenz Guzman and others, were the main influence on his new found radical views. Guevara tried to be a part of the Guatemalan revolution with Guzman but Guzman already took over the government. The CSI soon took over the government and Guevara and the Guatemalan labor party decided to stop the CSI. It did not work out well for them, only leaving Guevara with a bad reputation for being a revolutionary and a Marxist. Che Guevara, in September of 1954, snuck out of Guatemala with his, now, wife Hilda...
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