Following both French and Spanish rule from as early as the 16th century, the island nation of the Dominican Republic declared itself an independent nation from neighboring Haiti in 1861. The new state voluntarily returned to the Spanish Empire, and in 1865, independence was restored. U.S. military occupations of the Dominican Republic have at times strained relations between the two nations.
Source, United States, Department of State, Office of the Historian
This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in November 2013. The speakers are U.S. Ambassador James “Wally” Brewster and Bob Satawake.
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