In the late fall of 1962, shortly after the Cuban Revolution, Carlos Arturo Fuente was in Cuba visiting family. He had heard several rumors about a possible trade embargo to be placed on the island by the United States and he decided immediately to buy as many Cuban tobacco bails he could find (at $250 per bail). Carlos purchased a three year supply of Cuban tobacco.
On October 14, 1962 President John F. Kennedy ordered the removal of Soviet missiles that had been delivered to Cuba. These were the early events which led to the United States Cuban embargo and caused major changes in the cigar industry.