Historiography of the Dominican Republic
During the colonial period and for much of the nineteenth century, historiographical production in what was to become the Dominican Republic was limited either by the failure of ethnic groups to integrate and forge a national identity or weaknesses in the formal organization of such groups. The most that can be said is that consciousness of a distinct identity began to take root as a result of the rise of the neighbouring French colony of St Domingue - in the second half of the seventeenth century - and opposition to its inhabitants, its French colonial identity, and France itself. But this event, albeit important, was not the decisive factor in the birth of the Dominican nation since, at the same time, the population continued to be fragmented into socio-ethnic groups as a result of regulations governing the interaction of whites with other groups in the society.
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