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A 6000-man rebel army captures the city of Santiago in Spanish-ruled Santo Domingo

Caribbean and West Indies, 1857, zoomable map
09/13/1863
The Dominican Republic had been independent of Spain for 17 years when its dictator, General Pedro Santana, engineered Spanish recolonization in 1861. Exiles gathered in neighboring Haiti and launched an attack on the capital of Santo Domingo.  The revolt grew and a large rebel army captured the provincial city of Santiago. A provisional government was set up under José Salcedo and a long guerilla war opened against royal authorities. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
G. Pope Atkins, The Dominican Republic and the United States: From Imperialism to Transnationalism (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1996), 18.
 
 

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