Dominican Republic

Events

Christopher Columbus

1492

Christopher Columbus discovered island and named it Hispaniola or "Little Spain"

First British Soldiers land

1793

The first British Soldiers came ashore at St. Dominique

Napoleon Bonaparte

1810

Napoleon overthrew the King of Spain

50 year treaty signed

1906

Fifty year treaty signed by United States and Dominican Republic. The US took over the Republic's custom department in return for buying its debts.

Hurricane George

1998

Hurricane George caused widespread devastation

Hipolito Mejia

2000

Hipolito Mejia (PRO) elected president

Demonstrations

2003

Demonstrations about economic policies left at least five people dead.

CAFTA

2005

Congress approved proposed free trade agreement with United States and Central American nations.

Dominican Republic enters the accord

2007

Dominican Republic enters the accord

Leonel Fernandez

2008

President Leonel Fernandez was re-elected