5 Cool Dominican History Facts by Mr. Fluffy. Did you know that before there was the Dominican Baseball? Cricket was played here. These are 5 historic Curiosities about Dominican Republic you probably did not know!
5 Cool Dominican History Facts: In 1916, an armored US Navy ship was anchored in the port of Santo Domingo, which was a hit-and-run so everyone thought it was a Tsunami. What happened exactly? In 1938, no one knew what to do with all the Jewish refugees who tried to escape from Nazi Germany. The Dominican Republic offered their hospitality. But was that really what happened? Skipping forward, in 1869, President Ulysses S. Grant wanted to turn the Dominican Republic into an American State. What happened? Most good players Ball come from San Pedro de Macoris because previously there used to play Cricket Ground. What?! Who had the most powerful air force in the Caribbean in the 50s, able to conquer Haiti and Cuba bomb in just a few hours? Jump to the story! Tsunami Santo Domingo In 1916, the US Navy occupied the Dominican Republic and the Dominican point of view, the EU and the Republic were at war.
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One ship was sent by Wilson armored ” USS Memphis ” cruise, with about 1000 people in the crew and with enough firepower to wipe out an entire city. In this case: Santo Domingo. But on the afternoon of August 29, 1916, three waves of great intensity rocked the boat while in the port of Santo Domingo, almost entirely submerging, knocking sailors and sea equipment and beaching the boat on the rocks of the harbor. For many years, the explanation was that a tsunami had hit the boat, and that was also the official report of the Navy. But more recent studies suggest that it was a storm surge of a hurricane in step.
More than 40 sailors died that day. However, during the next few hours, rescue operations were able to save the rest of the crew. Many of those who participated in the rescue were Dominicans, who decided to put aside their rancor and help rescue the shipwrecked American sailors. Memphis was discharged as a total loss, and for years was scrapped. But its hull remained visible next to the Malecon of Santo Domingo for another 50 years. However, hull fragments have been found until a few years ago, including bones of lost sailors. Jewish refugees When Hitler began his anti-Semitic mission, thousands of Jews left Germany of their own accord. So many, in fact, that became a global problem. In July 1938, US President Roosevelt convened a meeting to discuss the problem on What to do with all these refugees roamed Europe? Note: Any similarity to actual events is purely historical irony. The thing is, apparently, no one anywhere he liked the Jews and most nations were unwilling or unable to accept any refugees – Jews or any other class; many fearing that ” anti-Jewish ” similar to those of Germany feelings might arise in their own countries The US, for example, were still in the era of the Great Depression, and they were already accepting a few, but did not want to raise the amount.
They simply could not. Hitler took advantage of this. If anyone really cared about the Jews … then why would you do it? Today we know that if countries had found a way to get from the Jews in their territories, the Holocaust could not have happened … Someone bring me a time machine! Anyway … the conference came to a standstill … until the Dominican Republic offered to accept up to 100,000.
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They dropped the microphone with that. “The tropical city Ciudad Trujillo, formerly known as Santo Domingo,” “It is the study center of the global problem of war refugees,” “Here where Christopher Columbus landed, the Dominican Republic established a colony without religion for refugees who can possibly resolve this issue humanely.” So far what most people know about this part of history. The truth is that most of the Jews did not want to go to the Dominican Republic … – everyone wanted to go to Palestine or the US Or the UK, to get from there to Palestine. At the end only less than 800 Jewish refugees arrived in the Dominican coast, most of whom later moved to the US … or Palestine. In the end, the countries that received the largest number of Jews were the US ….. and Palestine – the last of which brought a whole war. As for the Jews that did stay in the Dominican Republic, at the end they were only a few dozen families who created a thriving colony on a warm beach, now known as Sosúa.
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A synagogue and a museum bear witness to their difficulties. As Rep. Dominicana reaches almost to be an American state By the year 1861, the Dominican Republic was broke. So Dominican President Buenaventura Báez saw only one way out: selling the country apart. He offered to President Ulysses S. Grant the Samana Peninsula, for $ million. Well, by the standards of 1870. Today that would be … $ million. Why Samana? Because Samaná 50 years earlier had become a safe haven for African Americans who had left the US after liberation from slavery. They even had their own language and society there; so basically because it was part of the US, in a way, why not terminate the agreement? A Grant liked the idea but had a different offer: “Why not go all the way and sell all over the country and become a new American state?” He offered to buy the whole country for the amazing amount of $ million and $ 147,2for Samana lease for 99 years.
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Grant Why do that? Well, he saw several reasons. Samana Bay would be a coaling station ideal for the US Navy as they needed some kind of military base in the Caribbean. In addition, Rep. Dominicana had a lot of resources that would give thousands of jobs African migrants. Taking a more of these African migrants leaving the southern US, (Where a lot of people were still resented losing the war) It could discourage white supremacist groups (such as the Ku Klux Klan) to be violent against African Americans because they could lose cheap labor. Grant was actively fighting against slavery, and the annexation of the Dominican Republic could possibly encourage countries like Brazil, Puerto Rico and Cuba to abolish slavery as well. So it seemed a good deal for everyone! But I had to be silent about it, he thought. After all, if the British heard of this ahead of time, you may want to take the Rep. Dominicana for themselves …. let alone Spain. You do not want to go to war with Spain.
Still… So Grant and his people quietly signed the treaty with the Dominican Republic and presented to the Senate. More or less unofficially. The reaction was: And the annexation was rejected. It is possible that if I had the support of the public, could have gotten the Caribbean state he wanted. But because he did everything quiet, he failed. Of course, the US They got their Caribbean state a few years later: Puerto Rico. And the military base they wanted? Guantánamo. In addition, here’s the other thing. Nobody asked Dominicans because Baez had kept very secret to himself. And despite being bankrupt, the Dominicans did not want to give up their hard-won independence. Again. Why the Dominican ballplayers have blood cricketers? In other words, it’s in their genes. From 1800 to 1920, Rep. Dominicana saw a massive influx of immigrants non-Hispanic Afro-Caribbean to other Caribbean islands who they were invited to work on sugar cane plantations, especially in the area of San Pedro de Macoris.
They brought their culture that had strong British roots: music, English language, the Anglican religion, English surnames … and cricket. They became colloquially known as ‘Cocolos’. Although baseball was known and played, especially the eastern part of the island around San Pedro de Macoris enjoyed a ‘fandom’ mainly cricket because of the large population Cocola. However, in 1916 the US He occupied the island to protect their interests, and took over the government, the military, police and especially customs and immigration. The influx of immigrants stopped for any non-Caucasian person, and the occupying forces began to ‘Americanize’ very much at home.
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Cricket was also a victim of this. By the 1920s the plantation owners – mostly Americans – bribed the good cricketers to play baseball instead and they were willing to support baseball teams, No cricket. And so he died cricket. Cricketers talented baseball changed because there was no money involved in cricket. Dominican dictator Trujillo also encouraged local baseball and from the 1950s onwards the game flourished on the island. Eventually the Big League teams of the United States began to establish their own training camps and scouts traveled to the island to find more players, and most of the really good ones are the roots that cricketers Afro-Caribbean.
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Air Force More Powerful Caribbean Throughout the 50s, the Dominican Republic had the most powerful air force in the Caribbean and possibly in Latin America, second only to the US, thanks to the dictator Trujillo’s obsession with power. At its peak the power of hundreds of aircraft, initially piloted by US and Brazilian mercenaries and maintained by Swedish mechanics, They had the theoretical capacity to reach and bomb Havana within 3 hours and within 24 completely conquer Haiti. The reason for his obsession for air superiority It was due to strong private air force of Dominican expatriates rebels who had declared war on him. And indeed there were several fights between the two air forces, all of which were won by units of Trujillo. After the death of the dictator, air force fell more or less into oblivion and started to oxidize. In 1984 the Dominican Air Force finally retired its fleet of P-51 Mustangs, having been the last air force in the world that these historic aircraft remained in service. This was a testament to the quality and durability of these fantastic aircraft (And stubbornness and tacañismo Dominicano). Each of the Mustang sold to Museums for about US $ 300,000 – – ironically the same amount that Trujillo had paid for the entire fleet of 42 aircraft 30 years ago.
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