Tension Between The Haitians And The Dominican Republic

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When Americans think about the Dominican Republic, what often comes to mind are the expensive resorts and their white, sandy beaches. It does not occur to them that while they are enjoying their nice vacations, there are hundreds of thousands of stateless Haitian people barely surviving just a few miles away. What they also do not comprehend is how these four or five generations of Haitians have come to make their homes in the Dominican Republic. Because it is still an issue today, it is important for us to understand the history of how these present-day events came to be and the current living conditions of these stateless people. Initially, the sugar production rose in the Dominican Republic because of the limited sugar production in the…show more content…
In 1930, a man by the name of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo began his dictatorship. The rocky relationship between Haitians and Dominicans dates back to the early 1800s when Haiti won its independence from France. Military troops from Haiti occupied the Spanish-ruled Dominican Republic from 1822 to 1844. The are many historical recounting of the atrocities committed by these Haitian troops until the Dominican Republic won its independence in 1844. The tension between the Haitians and the Dominican Republic government had reached an all-time high a few years into his reign. Trujillo gave orders to the Dominican military to find and kill any dark-skinned individual, with no regard of their sex or age, who was unable to pronounce the Spanish word for parsley. This would have been a dead giveaway for anyone whose first language was not Spanish but instead Creole, or the official language of Haiti. A genocide swept across the nation in 1937 in which an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 Haitians were executed. Even with these monstrosities that were occurring, the Haitian people never stopped migrating from Haiti to the Dominican Republic in search of a better
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