Untied States in the Caribbean Essay

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Research Question: What were the social, economical and political consequences of the United States, presence in the Dominican Republic between the periods 1930-1970? Research: The particular area of research was chosen because the investigator wanted to investigate the reason and consequences for the United States intervention in the Caribbean in the early to mid twentieth century, particularly in the Dominican Republic. The investigator was interested on finding out what the social, economical and political consequences the people of Dominica where facing because of the United States presence in the country, so therefore the area of research was chosen. When the United States Government pulled their troops out of Dominica they left Rafael Trujillo in charge of The National Guard, an army which the American created as an internal police. Then in 1930 Trujillo ran against Horocio Vasquez for presidency, and fraudulently claimed ninety five percent of the votes. Once he was placed in power in 1931, he used The National Guard to terrorize and banished all civilian opponents (persons who were against him). Although the was a dictator, the also made some good changes to the country like, an increases on exports , the abolition of the 1905 treaty which gave the U.S control of the Dominican custom houses, and also, by 1947 the foreign debt was paid in full. It may seems like he was a good president but he wasn’t, because during his presidency, Dominica was a police state he used his power to gain wealth and riches and because of the wealth and riches he made friends with the United States Government, the chairman of the house of agriculture committee, Harold Coole who supported Trujillo’s interest in growing of sugarcane. You see Dominica never had a plantation economy, which with African enslaved laborers, most common Dominican was subsistence farmers.

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