Dominican Republic

República Dominicana
  • M. Epstein
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In 1492 Columbus discovered the island of Santo Domingo which he called La Española, and the city of Santo Domingo, founded by his brother, Bartholomew, in 1496, was for long the centre of Spanish power in America. The western part of the island—about one-third of the whole, and now known as the Republic of Haiti—was later occupied and colonized by the French to whom the Spanish colony of Santo Domingo was also ceded in 1795. In 1808 the Dominican population, aided by British troops, expelled the French, and the colony returned to the rule of Spain, from which it declared its independence in 1821. It was invaded and held by the Haitians from 1822 to 1844 when they were expelled, and the Dominican Republic was founded and a Constitution adopted. The country was occupied by American marines from 1916 to the adoption of a new constitution in 1924. In 1936, the name of the capital city was changed from Santo Domingo to Ciudad Trujillo.


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Books of Reference

Statistical and other Books of Reference concerning the Dominican Republic

  1. The Constitution of the Dominican Republic of 1908. San Domingo, 1918.Google Scholar
  2. Santo Domingo, its Past and its Present Condition. [U.S. Navy Department.] Santo Domingo City, 1920.Google Scholar
  3. Report of the Overseas Trade Department. London. Annual.Google Scholar
  4. García (José Gabriel), Compendio de la historia de Santo Domingo. Revised ed. 3 vols. Santo Domingo, 1896.[Brings the history down to July, 1865.]Google Scholar
  5. Knight (M. M.), The Americans in Santo Domingo. (A critical account of the American occupation.) New York, 1928.Google Scholar
  6. Logroño (A.), Compendio Didàctico de Historia Patria. Vol. I. Santo Domingo, 1912.[Up to 1844.]Google Scholar
  7. Moreau de Saint-Méry (M. L. E.), Description Topographique, Physique, Civile. Politique et Historique de la Partié Espagnole de l’Ile de Saint Dominque. Philadelphia, 1799.[Probably the standard work on Spanish Santo Domingo.]Google Scholar
  8. Monte y Tejada (Antonio), Historia de Santo Domingo. Completed ed., bringing the history down to 1821. 4 vols. Santo Domingo, 1890.Google Scholar
  9. Nouel (Carlos A ), Historia Eclesiástica de la Arquidiócesis de Santo Domingo, First City of America. 2 vols. Rome, 1913.Google Scholar
  10. Rodriguez (A.), La Cuestion Dominico-Haitiana : Estudio Geografico-Historico. 2nd ed. San Domingo, 1919.Google Scholar
  11. Schönrich (Otto), Santo Domingo : The Country with a Future. New York, 1919.Google Scholar
  12. Stoddart (T. L.), The French Revolution in San Domingo. New York, 1915.Google Scholar
  13. Welles (Sumner), Naboth’s Vineyard. (History of events culminating in re-establishment of Constitutional Government, by former U.S. Commissioner to the Republic.) 2 vols. New York, 1928.Google Scholar

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