Once it became clear that the 1959 Cuban Revolution had taken a hard turn to the left, many Cubans in the entrepreneurial and managerial classes boarded planes for Miami. It would be a temporary home, they thought, the nearest outpost to their homeland to wait until Fidel Castro was deposed and they could return to take up their lives and businesses.
But after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, it became obvious that nothing in Cuba was going to change fast.
After that realization, ''Cubans made the momentous decision to begin preparing themselves economically, applying their entrepreneurial energies to the task of rebuilding their lives in the new country,'' Luis J. Botifoll writes in the introduction to the 1996 book Greater Miami: Spirit of Cuban Enterprise.
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