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Friday, July 1, 2016, 14:52

Fidel Castro's birthplace sees rise in visitors

By Associated Press

BIRAN, Cuba — At the end of a dirt road lined with fields of sugar cane, royal palms and tropical fruit trees, a cluster of wooden houses painted in brilliant yellow, blue and white draws thousands of Cuban and international tourists a year. It's the birthplace of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro.

Their father Angel planted and sold sugarcane and timber as well as raising cattle on 46 square miles (119 square kilometers) of land in Biran, deep in the lush green hill country of Holguin province in eastern Cuba.

Fidel Castro's birthplace sees rise in visitors
In this June 10, 2016 photo, a soldier takes photos at the home-turned-museum of Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro, where they grew up in Biran, Cuba. A large portrait of Fidel's parents, Angel Castro and Lina Ruz hangs behind her. (AP Photo / Ramon Espinosa)

Visitors who roam the complex, often in sweltering heat, can see the crib where Fidel Castro was born, the bedroom he shared with his brothers and the cockfighting arena where his father's birds fought.

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