Fidel Castro’s Letter To Roosevelt: My Good Friend Roosevelt…

In November 1940, a young Fidel Castro wrote a rather cheeky and amusing letter to the then US president Franklin Roosevelt. In the letter, Castro asked Roosevelt for some money — a $10 bill. He even told Roosevelt about Cuba’s largest iron mines:

Santiago de Cuba, November 6th 1940

Mr. Franklin Roosvelt
President of the United States:

My good friend Roosvelt:

I don’t know very English, but I know as much as write to you.

I like to hear the radio, and I am very happy, because I heard in it, that you will be President for a new (periodo).

I am twelve years old. I am a boy but I think very much, but I do not think that I am writing to the President of the United States.

If you like, give me a ten dollars bill green american in the letter, because never, I have not seen a ten dollars bill green american and I would like to have one of them.

My address is:

Sr. Fidel Castro
Colegio de Dolores
Santiago de Cuba
Oriente Cuba

I don’t 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.

Thank you very much
Good by. Your friend,

F. Castro (signed)
Fidel Castro

If you want iron to make your ships I will show to you the bigest (minas) of iron in the land. They are in Mayorí, Oriente, Cuba.

Note: In 1940, Castro was fourteen years old (he was born on August 13, 1926), not twelve, as the letter inaccurately stated.

Castro said that he did receive a reply from the White House, though it was just a standard thank you note sent by a bureaucrat. So, he didn’t get a $10 bill and his offer to tell the whereabouts of the largest iron mines in Cuba fell on deaf ears.


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16 Responses to Fidel Castro’s Letter To Roosevelt: My Good Friend Roosevelt…

  1. Pingback: Fidel Castro’s Letter To Roosevelt: My Good Friend Roosevelt… — Learn Fun Facts – Michael D. Turashoff

  2. Cory Melancon says:

    Wow very interesting bit of history here great share as always

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Yes, a great find, having researched the Cuban revolution I always had a lot of respect for Castro (which more than I can say of some western leaders) thanks for sharing 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Cuba was so great in the years before Castro. If we could see the trend back to normalcy, It may become a strong country again. So close yet so far away. Great story.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. 2ndhalfolife says:

    It’s sad to me that what was slowly being rebuilt over recent years between the US and Cuba, is now tumbling down again with the recent administration.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. robert87004 says:

    Such a shame we made Fidel our enemy, he had always liked the U.S. previously. Great find!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. What a wonderful find! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I like such nice, weird stories. I hope it is not a tale. But who knows for sure!?

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Ben Aqiba says:

    Hi Edmark,

    that is a great letter. A little Fidel. So strange with this distance

    Liked by 2 people

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