In Search of Freedom

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In Search of Freedom

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A Freedom Flight arrives in Miami from Varadero, Cuba
The Camarioca Boatlift ended with an agreement between the United States and Cuban governments that resulted in the Freedom Flights, an airlift of twice-daily flights between Cuba and Miami. Nearly 270,000 Cuban refugees were reunified with their…

U.S. Coast Guard crewmen aid a refugee during the 1965 Camarioca Boatlift
In an effort to rid Cuba of political dissidents, Fidel Castro announced in September 1965 that he would allow any Cuban who had relatives in the U.S. to leave the island through the port of Camarioca. Nearly 5,000 Cubans traversed the waters between…

A Cuban refugee reflects on his rescue at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard
Commercial transportation between the U.S. and Cuba ceased in October 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. With regular flights to Miami permanently suspended, Cubans seeking asylum in the United States had to do so via third-party countries or by…