American Intervention

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Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE BBA in International Business Dominican History Professor Elsa Torres American Intervention 1916-1924 The Dominican Resistance Movements during the American Intervention 1916-1924 Xavier Baquero Viteri (10-0126) October 18, 2010 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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In May 1916, the order from Washington was decided to intervene the Dominican Republic with the use of military forces, in response to a national revolution to overthrow the current government. Besides getting involved in Dominican issues, the United States had the strategic desire to protect the sea routes to their Southern Coast and to also preserve American dominance over the Caribbean region, which had economic importance. In 1916 the situation of the Dominican Republic was not a one to admire, since it had a primitive and poor society, where 90% of the population was illiterate and 85% was lived in rural areas and worked on agriculture. Agriculture was the base of Dominican economy, cacao, sugar and tobacco exportations accounted for 92% of the total exportations. The government was unstable with by having a wrong distribution of income, the technology was not up to date, there was an inadequate educative system and there was a lack of transportation routes and systems. With the American intervention there were many positive measures that led to the country’s progress, and expenses were accounted by the United States, instead for the Dominican Republic. A broad and expanded road network was built; there was a great investment in public works, an improvement in national education and communication. The Americans established a Military Government, due to the resistance to comply with orders
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