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Dominican Republic

República Dominicana
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)

Abstract

Columbus discovered the island of Santo Domingo, which he called La Isla Espanola, and which for a time was also known as Hispaniola. The city of Santo Domingo, founded by his brother, Bartholomew, in 1496, is the oldest city in the Americas. The western third of the island—now 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 routed the French at the battle of Palo Hincado. Eventually, with the aid of a British naval squadron, the French were forced to return the colony to Spanish rule, from which it declared its independence in 1821. It was invaded and held by the Haitians from 1822 to 1844, when the Dominican Republic was founded and a constitution adopted.

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Further Reading

  1. Atkins, G. P., Arms and Politics in the Dominican Republic. London, 1981Google Scholar
  2. Bell, I., The Dominican Republic. London, 1980Google Scholar
  3. Black, J. K., The Dominican Republic: Politics and Development in an Unsovereign State. London, 1986Google Scholar
  4. Schoenhals, K., Dominican Republi. [Bibliography]. London and Santa Barbara (CA), 1990Google Scholar
  5. Wiarda, H. J. and Kryzanek, M. J., The Dominican Republic: A Caribbean Crucible. Boulder, 1982Google Scholar
  6. National statistical office: Oficina Nacional de Estadistica, Edificio de OficinasGoogle Scholar
  7. Gubernamentales ‘Juan Pablo Duarte’, 8 y 9 piso, Avenida México, Santo Domingo.Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000

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  • Barry Turner

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