Cuban Embargo

  • President Eisnhower approves

    President Eisenhower approves a covert action plan against Cuba that includes the use of a "powerful propaganda campaign" designed to overthrow Castro.
  • The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961

    The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 passes in the U.S. Congress. It prohibits aid to Cuba and authorizes the President to create a "total embargo upon all trade" with Cuba.
  • President Kinnedy Broadeds Restrictions

    February 7. President Kennedy broadens the partial trade restrictions imposed by Eisenhower to a ban on all trade with Cuba, except for non-subsidized sale of foods and medicines.
  • Prohibts Travel To Cuba

    The Kennedy administration prohibits travel to Cuba and makes financial and commercial transactions with Cuba illegal for U.S. citizens.
  • President Carter Drops Ban

    President Carter drops the ban on travel to Cuba and on U.S. citizens spending dollars in Cuba.
  • Cuban Americans Allowed To Visit Families

    Cuban-Americans are permitted to visit their families in Cuba. More than 100,000 visit in the coming year.
  • Reestablishing Ban

    The Reagan Administration reestablishes the travel ban, prohibits U.S. citizens from spending money in Cuba, and allows the 1977 fishing accord to lapse.
  • Bans Travel From Cuban Government Officials

    U.S. President Reagan bans travel to the U.S. by Cuban government or Communist Party officials or their representatives. It also bars most students, scholars, and artists.
  • Limit On Spending

    According to new regulations by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. citizens who travel to Cuba can only spend a maximum of $100 per day.
  • Cuban Democracy Act

    U.S. Congress passes the Cuban Democracy Act, which prohibits foreign-based subsidiaries of U.S. companies from trading with Cuba, travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens, and family remittances to Cuba.
  • President Bush Signs

    President Bush signs the Cuban Democracy Act into law. Congressman Torricelli says that it will bring down Castro "within weeks."
  • Helms-Burton Act

    President Clinton suspends enforcement of Title III provisions of the Helms-Burton Act.