1962 February 3

President Kennedy Imposes Embargo on Trade With Cuba


President John Kennedy on this day imposed an embargo on all trade with Cuba. The embargo included imports from Cuba and the export of American goods to Cuba.

The embargo was an attempt to punish Cuba for its alleged pro-Communist activities. Kennedy’s embargo Proclamation explained that Cuba was “publicly aligned” with “the subversive offensive of Sino-Soviet communism.”

The embargo lasted for over 50 years, until President Barack Obama announced on December 17, 2014 that he would normalize relations with Cuba.


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