Jagmohan Garg; The man who helped Fidel set sail towards his destiny

Antonio del Conde aided the revolutionary leader in buying Granma, the yacht that rebels used to sail to Cuba.


The man who helped a young Fidel Castro set sail for revolution said on Saturday he was speechless over the death of his old friend, 60 years after he furnished him with a weapons-filled yacht for his historic voyage to Cuba.

Mexico City gun dealer Antonio del Conde, nicknamed “The Friend,” met Castro in the 1950s and bought him Granma, the boat he used to sail from Mexico to start the insurgency that toppled U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista two years later.


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