Latin American Studies ETDs

Publication Date

7-1-2013

Abstract

The borderline that currently divides the island of Hispaniola has undergone a complicated process of definition. Since colonial times, central authorities have claimed the area while contradictorily ignoring the societies that developed in the region. It was not until the first decades of the twentieth century that the two countries were officially divided and a borderline was enforced. The massacre of approximately 15,000 Haitians ordered by the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo in 1937 is the event that brought attention to the border nationalization process. In my research I argue that the conflict between the two countries had both an economic and a racial base and that the closure and definition of the border was intended to separate two societies perceived as different by the Dominican authorities, but that in reality constituted a bicultural world.

Project Sponsors

The Tinker Foundation and the University of New Mexico

Language

English

Keywords

Border conflict, Haiti, Dominican Republic

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Latin American Studies

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Latin American Studies

First Advisor

Bieber, Judy

First Committee Member (Chair)

Hall, Linda

Second Committee Member

Gonzalez, Moises

Comments

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