Castro and Franco had a surprisingly warm relationship, both were gallegos. Castro once expressed concern to Franco that America would try to get compensation for expropriated assets of US citizens; Franco said: "Don't give them a penny. Not a penny"

He still remembered 1898
In his youth Castro had expressed regret that Cuba became independent from Spain; he read the works of José Antonio Primo de Rivera. The Batista dictatorship heavily repressed the Falange organisation in Cuba (it sought to rebuild a panhispanic commonwealth)
Loss of Cuba and Philippines in 1898 had much bigger psychological impact on Spain than independence of its continental American territories in 1820s. The former was seen as humiliation at hands of external enemy, latter more a civil war between peninsular and colonial Spaniards
When Franco died, Castro ordered 3 days of mourning and flags were flown at half mast, with the Cuban communist regime sending its condolences to Spain

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