The Dominican Republic

  • Period: Jan 1, 1300 to Jan 1, 1550

    Arawaks inhabited the island

    They settled in the 14th century and over 300,000 died between 1500 and 1550 because of disease and slavery.
  • Oct 12, 1492

    Christopher Columbus came to the Dominican Republic

  • Jan 1, 1496

    The Spanish establish the first European settlement

  • Santo Domingo is ceded to France

  • Santo Domingo is retaken by Spain

  • Santo Domingo falls under the control of Haiti after an uprising against Spanish rule

  • Independance from Haiti

  • Trujillo begins dictatorship

  • Period: to

    Trujillo's dictatorship

  • Period: to

    Parsley Massacre

    Trujillo orders the massacre of 20,000 Haitians.
  • Trujillo is assassinated

  • First free elections: Juan Bosch elected

  • Leonel Fernández Reyna elected

  • Period: to

    Leonel Fernández Reyna is president.

    He was not president from 2000 to 2004.