Dominicans In America

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Dominicans In America The Dominican Republic or also known as La Republica Dominicana is a small island that is 18,816 square miles, located off the coast of Florida. The Dominicans of this land share their island with the Haitians. The island has a subtropical climate, mountains, rolling hills, and fertile river valleys. The economy is mainly dominated by sugar, which still earns much of the country's foreign exchange despite establishment of varied light industries and the development of nickel, mining and tourism. Coffee, cocoa, tobacco, and bananas are also a major export crop. But, despite their seemingly stable economy, and lush landscaping, a vast majority of the estimated 8,603,200 people that live there wish to migrate to the United States. This may be due to the fact that since the time the Dominican Republic was proclaimed in 1844 as a dictatorship, it has come under the attack of bad political leadership, and civil strife. In 1899 the country was bankrupted by civil strife after the murder of Ulises Heureaux, their dictator. Shortly after that the country came under U.S. control. Even under U.S. control the country still suffered from dictators with highly restrictive policies on leaving the island, and harsh economic conditions. These terrible economic conditions only worsened and caused a gigantic influx of immigrants from the Dominican Republic to the United States in the early 80's and even more in the 90's (Hale-Benson, p. 97). The people came in groves to the United States seeking more opportunities and a better life, but they soon learned that they would face many of the same cultural, racial and ethnic barriers that other ethnic immigrants have faced when seeking a new life in a new land. In this paper I w... ... middle of paper ... ...fferences. A simple, over used statement, but usually ignored and not listened to, can help put us on the right track for the next Millennium. Bibliography: Works Cited Bronx Beat. Online. Internet. 11 Nov. 1999 Available: http://Bronx-beat.jrn.columbia.edu/indices/021698/latino.html Calderon, Andres. Afro-Latins in America-Revised Edition. Baltimore, MD: Brigham Young University Press, 1982. DeAnda, Diane. Consideration of Racial Issues at Play. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1997. Herrea-Benson, Janice. Latin Americans in America. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1995. Latino Link. Online. Internet. 3 Dec. 1999 Available: http://www.latinolink.com Lopez, Omar. Growing up Dominican. New York, NY: Anchor Press, 1998. Ruiz, Delia. Women of Color in Modern Society. New York, NY: Harper and Row Press, 1992.
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