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93 years since the first US military occupation along the coasts of Puerto Plata

PUERTO PLATA.- July 12th, 2017 marks the 93rd anniversary of the first evacuation at the port of Puerto Plata of US military troops after President Woodrow Wilson’s intervention occurred on November 29, 1916.

He recounts the story that was on July 12, 1924, when all the American invading troops stationed in the Cibao region began their parade to the local port to embark for their country, using for their retreat the street in the Plaza de la Libertad and the whole stretch ended in the vicinity of the old pier of Puerto Plata.

This route previously designated as “De La Sabana”, “De La Reunion” and “Dominicana” was named “July 12″ in honor of the epic day in 1924 when the 9 years of the American military intervention and leaving the Yaquis troops of the ground quisqueyano begins the installation of the first constitutional Dominican government, fact that meant the birth of the Third Republic.

It is recalled that the first military intervention of the United States in the Dominican Republic was carried out under the orders of Captain Harry S. Knapp, commander of the Corp Force of the United States Navy, who on his arrival immediately announced the contents of the Occupy Proclamation signed by President Woodrow Wilson simultaneously landed in the cities of Montecristi and Puerto Plata.

But the US military faced the bravery of the Dominican patriots, as there were immediate battles with the men led by Generals Desiderio Arias and Carlos (Daniel), who caused more than 24 casualties to the invaders .

Similarly, a young native of Puerto Plata named Gregorio Urbano Gilbert, who worked as a clerk in a grocery store in San Pedro de MacorĂ­s, only twelve years old, faced the invaders with a revolver, mortally wounding Lieutenant CH Button, of the United States Marine Corps and became a fugitive on the eastern plains.

Because of the hostility of the Creole patriots to the emergence of the guerrillas who were called contemptuously “gavilleros”, in 1921, a meeting was held in Puerto Plata in which representatives of several parties got together to discuss the unemployment that counted with the presence of a commission from the US Senate, which heard complaints about the military government.

This happened due to the fact that in the United States after the electoral campaign of 1920 was carried out, the presidential aspirant Warren G. Harding attacked the policy of military intervention in the Caribbean countries of the then president, Woodrow Wilson and promised that if he emerged victorious, he would withdraw troops from the countries intervened by the Americans, since they were violating Latin American rights.

Harding was victorious in the North American elections of November of 1920, and before this situation, the North American Secretary of State, Charles Evans Hughes, was determined to look for a new formula to somehow look for the North American vacancy of the Dominican territory, originating a bilateral dialogue, later known as the “Hughes-Peynado Evacuation Plan”.

Finally, through the Dominican-American talks it was agreed to sign the immediate settlement agreement (Hughes-Peynado Plan) that was signed between Charles Evans Hughes and Dominican lawyer Francisco J. Peynado, ordering the military troops to leave our homeland and to choose as provisional president the sugar colonist Juan Bautista Vicini Burgos.

Source: Puerto Plata Digital

July 13, 2017

Category: DR News |

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