Dividing Hispaniola: The Dominican Republic's Border by Edward Paulino

By Edward Paulino

The island of Hispaniola is divided by way of a border that divides the Dominican Republic and Haiti. This border has been traditionally contested and mostly porous. Dividing Hispaniola is a learn of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo’s scheme, in the course of the mid-twentieth century, to create and strengthen a buffer area in this border throughout the institution of country associations and an ideological crusade opposed to what used to be thought of an encroaching black, inferior, and bellicose Haitian country. The luck of this software depended on convincing Dominicans that despite their genuine colour, whiteness was once synonymous with Dominican cultural identity.

Paulino examines the crusade opposed to Haiti because the build of a fractured city highbrow minority, reinforced through foreign politics and U.S. imperialism. This minority incorporated a various set of people and associations that hired anti-Haitian rhetoric for his or her personal gain (i.e., sugar brands and border officials.) but, in fact, those related actors had little interest in developing an impermeable border.

Paulino extra demonstrates that Dominican attitudes of admiration and harmony towards Haitians in addition to large intermixture round the border zone have been general. In sum his research argues opposed to the concept that anti-Haitianism was once a part of a power and innate Dominican ethos.

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