A national hero
We made history on December 29, 1958, when Ernesto Che Guevara and a group of 18 young revolutionaries, rifle in hand, derailed an armored train with an excavator and homemade Molotov cocktails. The battle lasted 90 minutes and decided the fate of the Batista dictatorship, leading to fifty years of Fidel Castro's socialist regime. We approached the train tracks on the spot where the derailment occurred, east of Independence. Once there, and after paying 1 CUC for entry to investigate the cars with bullet holes and with recreations of some inside in others, to get an idea of how it all happened.