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Che Guevara was born in Argentina. As he grew older, he decided to study medicine. During his studies, he took time off and went on a motorbike journey with his friend Alberto across South America. This journey was captured in a book called ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’. During this journey, his experiences transformed his view of the world and over time defined his legacy.
In 1954 he went to Mexico and the following year he met Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Guevara joined Castro’s ’26th July Movement’ and played a key role in the eventual success of its guerrilla war against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Castro overthrew Batista in 1959 and took power in Cuba. From 1959-1961, Guevara was president of the National Bank of Cuba, and then minister of industry.
Guevara spent several months in Africa, particularly the Congo, attempting to train rebel forces in guerrilla warfare. After that he travelled to Bolivia to lead forces rebelling against the government of René Barrientos Ortuño. With US assistance, the Bolivian army captured Guevara and his remaining fighters. He was executed on 9 October 1967 in the Bolivian village of La Higuera.