In the time of the Butterflies a timeline

  • Rafael Trujillo is born

    Rafael Trujillo is born
    he was born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic on the 24th of October 1891
  • Stock Market Crash

    Stock Market Crash
    The stock market crashes, which marks the beginning of the great depression in America
  • Trujillo is sworn in

    Trujillo is sworn in
    Trujillo's reign begins
  • Trujillo makes the Dominican party the only political party

    Trujillo makes the Dominican party the only political party
    this was fairly redundant because after he was sworn in the country became a one party state
  • The name of the captial changed

    The name of the captial changed
    The name of Santo Domingo is changed to Ciudad Trujillo
  • Trujillo establishes a border

    Trujillo establishes a border
    The Border between Hati and the Dominican Republic is officially established
  • Parsley Massacre

    Parsley Massacre
    It was a government sponsered genocide of all the Hatian's who lived in the Dominican Republic, under direct order from Trujillo
  • Minerva begins to doubt Trujillo

    Minerva begins to doubt Trujillo
    Minerva and Patria go to Catholic school. When there Minerva befriends a girl named Sinita. Sinita tells Minerva about how Trujillo killed five of her uncles, her father, and her brother. After this conversation Minerva began to realize that Trujillo wasn't so perfect
  • Trujillo's successor

    Trujillo's successor
    Jacinto Peynado succeeds Trujillo as President of the Dominican Republic
  • The beginning of WWII

    The beginning of WWII
    One of the largest wars in history begins, the war many consider to be the last just war
  • Trujillo's girlfriend

    Trujillo's girlfriend
    Lina went to school with Minerva, she was taken in by Trujillo, he had a giant 17th birthday party for her, and then invited her to quit school and becom one of his girlfriends, but she got pregnant which angered Trujillos wife, Trujillo's wife tried to kill Lina so she had to flee to Miami
  • Trujillo Runs for a third term

    Trujillo Runs for a third term
    He does this after F.D.R. runs for his third term as President of the United states
  • Papa tells fortunes

    Papa tells fortunes
    Their father predicts that Dede will be rich, he also predicts that Maria Teresa will be very attractive, after he makse these fortunes his wife and Patria tell him that fortunes are for those without faith, Moinerva and Maria Teresa defend their father, then they speak about ow Marai Teresa and Minerva want to b lawyers, Mama says that skirts in law are just what they need sarcastically. Papa retorts by saying " You and Trujillo both" after that comment they hurry inside out of fear of spies
  • End of WWII in Europe

    End of WWII in Europe
    After the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the Japanese surrender and the second world war is completely over
  • Maria Teresa goes to school and gets her diary

    Maria Teresa goes to school and gets her diary
    Maria Teresa begins going to catholic school. Minerva gives her a diary to write down her thoughts, and reflect on them, she gave it to her for her first communion
  • Patria decides against becoming a nun

    Patria decides against becoming a nun
    Instead she drops out and helps around the house with her parents and prepares to marry perdito
  • The Stillborn

    The Stillborn
    Patria has a stillborn child. This has a deep and traumatic affect on her psyche. It causes her to be depressed for a great while and to temporarily lose her faith
  • Mierva befriends hilda

    Mierva befriends hilda
    Maria Teresa didnt approve of Hilda, she was a raicle and she thought that Hilda was rude. Later Minerva tells Maria that Hilda wss at inmaculada to hide from the governent. This friendship led Minerva even farther down the path against the government of the Dominican, it is also the reason Maria stopped writing, her diary mentioned Hilda, and to avoid and problems with the government she ad to bury things that held ties to Hilda
  • Jamito asks about Lio

    Jamito asks about Lio
    Jamito who is in love with Dede asks Minerva if Lio is asking her to leave the country with him. Lio is being exiled due to his "crimes" against the state. Minerva tells him that he hasn't
  • Minerva learns about her father's secrets

    Minerva learns about her father's secrets
    She finds letters from lio to her, she reads them finds his invitation to go into exile with him, after the fourth letter Lio realizes and accepts that his proposal has been denied. Minerva feels like she missed out on a noble life with Lio. She becomes angry with her father and finds Papa at his mistresses house. when he returns they have a confrontation, after which she realizes her father is weak and needs the families love
  • Minerva slaps Trujillo

    Minerva slaps Trujillo
    Papa is invited to a party put on by Trujillo, and Minerva and the sisters are also specifically invited. During the party Trujillo forces Minerva to dance with him. While they are dancing he approches her in a sexual and vulgar way so she slaps him, he seems to brush it off at the time, but this even will comeback to haunt minerva in the future
  • The Korean War begins

    The Korean War begins
    North Korea invades South Korea, the UN retaliates and joins the South Korean side, China joins the North Korean side and Russia begins supporting the North Koreas as well
  • Trujillo leaves office for the last time

    Trujillo leaves office for the last time
    He left due to extreme amounts of pressure from the U.S government
  • The Korean War ends

    The Korean War ends
    The Americans and Chinese pull out, the border is redefined and the Demilliterized zone is created
  • Papa's Funeral

    Papa's Funeral
    Maria Teresa is angry the whole funeral because Minerva invited Papa's mistress and his illegitimate daughters, after this she declares she hates all men, but she still mourns her father through writing, and has nightmares about her weddingdress in her father's coffin
  • SIM is formed

    SIM is formed
    Johnny Abbes oversees the formation of SIM, the main way Trujillo controlled the dominican population late in his reign
  • Maria and Leandro are engaged

    Maria and Leandro are engaged
    Leandro and Maria met while Maria was working for the underground movement, he would bring deliveries to Maria and her roommate Sonia and they would deal with the packages. Maria and Leandro took a liking to each other over time and got married
  • The year of the baby

    The year of the baby
    This year Maria, Minerva, and Patira all have babies Maria had a baby named Jacqueline,M inerva's was named Manolto and Patria named her child Raul Ernesto, after two Cuban Revolutionaries
  • The Fourteenth of June Movement

    The Fourteenth of June Movement
    The Mission of this group is to effect an internal revolution rather than wait for an outside rescue. It is based out of Patria's house for a while before being moved to her mother's home
  • SIM begins arresting their family

    SIM begins arresting their family
    Leandro Pedrito and Nelson are arrested
  • El Jefe declares a state of emergency

    El Jefe declares a state of emergency
    Due to the impending invasion and the weaking state of the country Trujillo declares a national state of emergency
  • Failed invation

    Failed invation
    The exiled dominicans return and try to invade and usurp Trujillo but are defeated
  • Jamito and Dede go on a second honeymoon

    Jamito and Dede go on a second honeymoon
    Due to the arguing they have been having and with trujillo arresting their loved ones they go away to rekindle their love and to avoid trouble
  • SIM begin interfering with churches

    SIM begin interfering with churches
    Many catholic churches have begun to speak out against Trujillo, because of this SIM begin sending spies to churches, and destroying their property
  • Noris Meets Trujillo

    Noris Meets Trujillo
    When Patira and the others go to the capital she meets trujillo, and he sets his eyes on her
  • Maria Teresa in Prison

    Maria Teresa in Prison
    She is put in prison by trujillo, she writes in a notebook smuggled into the prison for her, it was smuggled in by Santiclo Carmen's cousin
  • Maria Teresa is beaten

    Maria Teresa is beaten
    Trujillo wants Leandro to do a job for him, he refuses so Maria Teresa is brough to La 40 and beaten in front of him, after this event he agrees to do what Trujillo wants
  • Trujillo's death

    Trujillo's death
    He is assasinated in Santo Domingo
  • Dede is interviewed

    Dede is interviewed
    The woman who interviewd her asked Dede to tell her the story of how her sisters lives were ended in its entirety