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Castanedo, Conchita (1903-1985) | University of Miami Finding Aids

Name: Castanedo, Conchita (1903-1985)
Fuller Form: Castanedo de López, Conchita

Historical Note:

Conchita Castanedo (1903-1985) was a Cuban political activist and a founder of the Authentic Cuban Revolutionary Party. Born in Villanueva de Villaescusa, Cantabria, Spain in 1903, Castanedo immigrated to Cuba in early adulthood. In Cuba she attended the Carlos Márquez Sterling School of Journalism at the University of Havana and subsequently established herself as a well-known journalist. She became involved in national politics, and as an alternate member of Cuba’s House of Representatives, Castanedo garnered the nickname “la novia del autenticismo” because of her position within the Authentic Party.

Challenging the rule of Fulgencio Batista in 1934 and again in 1952, Castanedo was temporarily exiled to Florida because of her anti-Batista political leanings, but always returned to Cuba. She left the island permanently in 1960 after Fidel Castro took power, establishing herself in Miami. Castanedo was involved with various Cuban groups in exile, including the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, the Cuban Women's Club, and the Cuban Revolutionary Party in Exile.

Castanedo died in Miami at the age of 82.


Fernández, John. "Cuban exiles praise political activist Conchita Castanedo." The Miami News 27 Aug 1985: 4A. Online. Accessed 18 Dec 2013.,3081256

Historical marker on the place of birth of Conchita Castanedo, Villanueva de Villaescusa, Cantabria, Spain.

Note Author: Amanda Moreno

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