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Dominican Republic

  • S. H. Steinberg
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)

Abstract

On 5 Dec. 1492 Columbus discovered the island of Santo Domingo, which he called La Española; for a time it was called Hispaniola. The city of Santo Domingo, founded by his brother, Bartholomew, in 1406, is the oldest city in the Americas and was for long the centre of Spanish power in America. The western third of the island—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 1803 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 tho Haitians from 1822 to 1844, when they were expelled, and the Dominican Republic was founded and a constitution adopted. Great Britain, in 1850, was the first country to recognize the Dominican Republic. The country was occupied by American Marines from 1916 until 1924. In 1936 the name of tho capital city was changed from Santo Domingo to Ciudad Trujillo; and back again in 1961.

República Dominicana

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Books of Reference

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1962

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