The Kennedy Administration's controversial Bay of Pigs invasion prisoner ransom deal with Cuba Premier Fidel Castro was concluded Wednesday (3 July), when 1,204 Cuban refugees arrived in Port Everglades, Florida, the last of nearly ten thousand.
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Background: The Kennedy Administration's controversial Bay of Pigs invasion prisoner ransom deal with Cuba Premier Fidel Castro was concluded Wednesday (3 July), when 1,204 Cuban refugees arrived in Port Everglades, Florida, the last of nearly ten thousand. They were brought from Cuba by freighter.
The refugees were released by the Castro regime in exchange for food and medical supplies worth 53 million dollars. The exchange began last Christmas with the release of 1,113 Cubans who were captured during the Bay of Pigs invasion. Large groups have been arriving at intervals ever since.
A total of 9,703 people have come to the United States from Cuba under the exchange agreement, including 23 American prisoners, Americans living in Cuba, and 1,500 Cubans holding American citizenship
The campaign to raise the necessary food and medical supplies was launched 1 December by the President's brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy. The food and drugs were largely provided by American companies. The program was criticized by those advocating a "hard line" towards Cuba, who said the Administration was allowing itself to be blackmailed.
Actual negotiations with the Cubans were carried out by James Donovan, a New York attorney. Administration officials said that they considered the program an unqualified success.