Che Guevara is one of the most recognizable figures in our culture. The Marxist revolutionary may be featured on countless posters and shirts, but how much do you really know about him? Despite the fact that Guevara spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Che Guevara. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: His Real Name Was Not Che Guevara. In fact, his Guevara was born Ernesto Guevara De La Serna Lynch. Guevara was the oldest of five children, and his ancestry includes Spanish Basque and Irish roots. Guevara loved calling everybody “friend,” and so he eventually became “Che Guevara” for his overuse of the term.
Number Fourteen: He Was Not Cuban. In fact, Guevara was Argentinian. Guevara was born in Rosario, Argentina, and he didn’t go to Cuba until after he completed his studies.
Number Thirteen: He Was a Doctor. Guevara was fully qualified to be a medical doctor, and he studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires. H worked at a hospital in Mexico City and even gave lectures about medicine to the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Number Twelve: He Was a Chess Fan. Guevara might be a fierce warrior, but he had some pretty refined tastes as well. He was interested in math, and especially chess. He was also interested in both poetry and philosophy.
Number Eleven: He Traveled From Argentina to America by Motorcycle. Accompanied by his friend Alberto Granada, Guevara traveled from Argentina all the way to Miami, Florida on a motorcycle. The long trip undoubtedly influenced his ideals, and in his memoirs, he discusses in detail the people he experienced along the way.
Number Ten: He Tried to Start Revolutions in Congo and Bolivia. After teaming up with Fidel Castro and after the Batista regime had been overthrown, Guevara attempted to bring the revolution to both Congo and Bolivia. However, he was unsuccessful in his attempts.
Number Nine: He Was Nicknamed the Pig. Guevara earned the nickname of “El Chancho,” or “The Pig” for his poor hygiene. Guevara did not like to wash or bathe himself because he had respiratory issues that were triggered by bathing in cold water.