Arawak Indians are living there when Europeans 1st arrive.
The settlement of La Nueva Isabela (present day Santo Domingo) is established.
Spanish settlers flock to Hispaniola & enslave the Indians
Antonio de Montesinos (Dominican friar) preaches against forced Indian labor
Spain retains control of the land that is now the Dominican Republic
Spain grants independence to Santo Domingo
Haiti regains control of the entire island of Hispaniola
Dominican Republic officially formed
At the request of the Dominican government, Spain begins to govern the country
Ulises Heureaux rules the country as a dictator, leaving it with huge debts to foreign nations.