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        Cuban Exodus

        In 1959 Fidel Castro and a group of rebels overthrew the Batista regime in Cuba. In the following years the establishment of a comunist government led successive waves of Cubans to leave the island. A burgeoning Cuban exile community grew in south Florida. The Capó family, Gustavo Pérez Firmat and Nena Torres share firsthand accounts of their departures, including a clandestine crossing by sea and a childhood plane trip as part of Operation Peter Pan. 

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