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Fidel Castro’s Ashes Travel in Caravan Across Cuba

Cubans have been bidding farewell to Fidel Castro with tributes across the island nation.

A soldier is silhouetted against the early morning sky as people holding Cuban flags wait for the motorcade transporting the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana on Nov. 30.

Castro's ashes were beginning a four-day journey across Cuba from Havana to their final resting place in Santiago, almost 600 miles east.

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The urn with Castro's ashes is driven through Havana on Nov. 30. A military jeep carried the ashes of Fidel Castro along streets lined with hundreds of thousands of flag-waving Cubans.

Cuba is observing nine days of mourning for Castro, who ruled Cuba for half a century.

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People wait for the arrival of the caravan carrying Castro's ashes in Esperanza on Nov. 30.

Castro, the revolutionary leader who brought communism to his island nation in 1959, died on Nov. 25 at 90.

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The urn with the Castro's ashes is driven through Matanzas on Nov. 30.

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Children wait for the caravan to pass in Cardenas on Nov. 30.

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People cheer as the caravan passes in Cardenas on Nov. 30.

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The caravan passes through Ranchuelo on Nov. 30.

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Children pay their last respects to Castro in Bayamo, Granma province, on Nov. 28.

Castro antagonized 11 U.S. presidents and cast a uniquely long shadow over American politics, especially in Florida, where many Cubans refugees who fled the island turned the name "Fidel" into an epithet.

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Alejandro Castro Espin, left, Raul Castro's son, offers his condolences to his cousin, Antonio Castro Soto del Valle, Fidel Castro's son, at Revolution Square in Havana, on Nov. 28. AFP - Getty Images
Students of Havana University pay tribute to Castro as they march to Revolution Square in Havana on Nov. 28. Reuters
A man wearing military medals holds his hand over his heart after paying his final respects to Castro in Havana on Nov. 28. Ramon Espinosa / AP
People wait in line to pay their last respects to Castro in Havana on Nov. 28. Fernando Medina / AP

A picture the former president hangs in front of the Cuban National Library at Revolution Square in Havana on Nov. 27.

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Students light candles in honor of the historic revolutionary leader at the Havana University on Nov. 26. YAMIL LAGE / AFP - Getty Images

Hundreds of young Cubans gather at Havana University to remember Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Nov. 26.

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