Castro draws a laugh from the crowd in Colon, as he and his caravan make a stop on their way to the capital, Jan. 7, 1959.
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Trek to Castro's final resting spot traces revolution's pastAfter his band of bearded rebels won power in 1959, Fidel Castro embarked on a victory tour delivering speeches to cheering crowds stretching from the eastern Cuban city of Santiago to Havana. The six-day Caravan of Freedom that Fidel Castro led in 1959 was among his most triumphant moments – a journey of more than 800 kilometers along rutted country roads. As Castro's remains are prepared for the return to Santiago, the state is rekindling images of a younger Castro whose legacy they vow to keep alive.The caravan carrying Castro's ashes will pass through a countryside dramatically different from the one he rode through more than five decades ago.Grainy black-and-white images of Castro waving to the crowds are some of the most enduring images of the revolution.The tour was also an opportunity for Castro to articulate some of the revolution's guiding principles.
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