~Was an unsuccessful attempt by about 1,500 Cuban exiles, organized by the CIA.
~March 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower Approved a CIA plan to train the exiles for an invasion of Cuba.
~the Exiles landed at the Bay of Pigs, on Cuba's southwestern coast on April 17, 1961
~The operation was a disaster by April 19 they had been crushed. 1,200 survivors were captured.
~On December 1962 Castro released the prisoners in exchange for $53 million works of U.S. drugs and food