The Cuban and Nicaraguan revolutions are both social and political, contemporary, and set in the Central American-Caribbean area. They share common traditions and aspirations, and face similar obstacles in their developmental struggles to those of developing nations else­ where. Cuba and Nicaragua experienced a long history of Washington’s intervention in their internal affairs before and after the revolutionary regimes came to power. For most of this century, they were among the countries that were almost totally dominated by the Unites States in their political life but have managed to free themselves from their subordinate status through their revolutions.