East Lake-Orient Park in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
United States occupation of the Dominican Republic (1916-1924)
Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park
The United States occupation of the Dominican Republic occurred from 1916 to 1924. It was one of the many interventions in Latin America undertaken by American military forces. On May 13 1916,  Rear Admiral William B. Caperton forced the Dominican Republic's Secretary of War Desiderio Arias, who had seized power from Juan Isidro Jimenes Pereyra, to leave Santo Domingo by threatening the city with naval bombardment.
Three days after Arias left the country, United States Marines landed and took control of the country within two months, and in November the United States imposed a military government under Rear Admiral Harry Shepard Knapp. The marines restored order throughout most of the republic, with the exception of the eastern region; the country's budget was balanced, its debt was diminished, and economic growth resumed; infrastructure projects produced new roads that linked all the country's regions for the first time in its history; a professional military organization, the Dominican Constabulary Guard, replaced the partisan forces that had waged a seemingly endless struggle for power.
In the presidential
Despite the withdrawal, there were still concerns regarding the collection and application of the country's custom revenues. To address this problem, representatives of the United States and the Dominican Republic governments met at a convention and signed a treaty, on December 27, 1924, which gave the United States control over the country's custom revenues. In 1941, the treaty was officially repealed and control over the country's custom revenues was again returned to Dominican Republic government. However this treaty created lasting resentment of the United States among the people of the Dominican Republic. One major consequence that resulted from the occupation was the rise of Rafael Trujillo. Trujillo had received a commission as a second lieutenant in the US-created national guard in early 1919. Trujillo, a onetime thief, forger and pimp, received high marks from US military officers and eventually became the country's army chief of staff in 1928. Through the rigged election of 1930, Trujillo became the country's president. Though
Erected by Hillsborough County.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Military. A significant historical date for this entry is May 13, 1916.
Location. 27° 58.645′ N, 82° 21.677′ W. Marker is in East Lake-Orient Park, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Memorial can be reached from U.S. 301, 0.2 miles East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Marker stands within Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3602 N US Highway 301, Tampa FL 33619, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Berlin blockade (here, next to this marker); 1958 Lebanon crisis (here, next to this marker); The Philippine-American War 1899 - 1913 (here, next to this marker); Boxer Rebellion 1898-1901 (here, next to this marker); Cuban missile crisis October 1962 (here, next to this marker); United States occupation of Haiti (here, next to this marker); United States occupation of the Dominican Republic (1965-1966) (here, next to this marker); The Barbary Wars 1801-1829 (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Lake-Orient Park.
Also see . . . United States occupation of the Dominican Republic (1916–1924). (Submitted on March 28, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
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