Dominican Republic: History
Spaniards set up the first Spanish colony in the Western hemisphere in Santo Domingo.
Santo Domingo declares its independence and becomes the Dominican Republic.
President Pedro Santana returns the Dominican Republic to Spanish rule.
The second Dominican Republic is proclaimed, following a revolt and Spain's subsequent withdrawal from the island.
The Dominican Republic and the United States sign a 50-year treaty, in which the U.S. takes over the republic's customs department in return for purchasing its debts.
U.S. forces withdraw after eight years of U.S. military rule.
IMF-prescribed austerity measures, including price hikes for basic consumer goods and petrol, lead to widespread riots.
The Dominican Republic officially becomes a member of CAFTA-DR, a trade agreement between the U.S. and five other Central American countries.