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Dominican Resistance to the US Invasion of 1965

 
 
Dominican Resistance to the US Invasion of 1965 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 10, 2018
1. Dominican Resistance to the US Invasion of 1965 Marker
Inscription.

24 de abril 50 años

15 y 16 de junio de 1965
En estos días el patriotismo y emoción conjugados en el pueblo dominicano en armas, defendieron en esta zona la soberanía nacional mancillada por las tropas interventoras de ocupación americana

Comité Ruta de los Comandos Abril 1965
Santo Domingo 15 de junio 2015

English translation:
50th Anniversary of the April 24th Uprising

June 15-16, 1965
On these days, patriotism and emotion combined in the armed Dominican people, when they defended here the national sovereignty that had been stained by the invading troops of the American occupation

Committee for the Comandos Route of April 1965
Santo Domingo, June 15, 2015

 
Erected 2015 by Comité Ruta de los Comandos Abril 1965.
 
Location. 18° 28.57′ N, 69° 53.204′ W. Marker is in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional. Marker is at the intersection of Calle Duarte and Calle Juan Isidro Pérez, on the left when traveling south on Calle Duarte. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Calle Duarte 270, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional 10211, Dominican Republic.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Dominican Resistance to the US Invasion of 1965 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 10, 2018
2. Dominican Resistance to the US Invasion of 1965 Marker
The ruins of the Monastery of San Francisco can be seen in the distance towards the east in this view.
marker. Monument of the San Francisco Ruins (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Church of Saint Michael (about 180 meters away); The Hermitage of Saint Anton (about 210 meters away); House of the Duarte y Díez Family (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); 1505 Colonial House (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Spanish Refugees of 1939 (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Nicolás de Ovando (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); First Municipal Council in the Americas (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santo Domingo.
 
Regarding Dominican Resistance to the US Invasion of 1965. The Dominican Civil War occurred from April 24 to September 3, 1965, in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. It started when civilian and military supporters of the constitutionally elected former president Juan Bosch, overthrew the acting President Donald Reid Cabral. This prompted General Elías Wessin y Wessin to organize elements of the military loyal to acting President Reid (Loyalists), initiating an armed campaign against the Constitutionalist rebels. Allegations of foreign support for the Constitutionalists led to an American intervention into the conflict, which later transformed into a Organization of American States occupation of the country. Elections were finally held in 1966, where Joaquín Balaguer was elected president. Later in the same year international troops departed from the country.
More than 23,000 U.S. troops landed in Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital, to stop what it believed was a communist insurgency there. The action was heavily criticized because President Johnson was seen to have exaggerated the threat of outside communists in what was a civil conflict. When violence erupted in Santo Domingo, hundreds of U.S. paratroopers landed quickly to protect foreigners. A few days later, tens of thousands more joined them. Although that unmatchable firepower put a stop to any resistance that might have caused U.S. casualties, it also separated the warring Dominican factions and probably ultimately saved Dominican lives.
 
Categories. Military
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 11, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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