US Marines invade the Dominican Republic, again

On March 30, 1903, the US Marines landed in the Dominican Republic to “protect American interests” in the city of Santo Domingo during a period of political turmoil. (We can’t help but wonder how the US Army would have reacted if the Dominican Army landed during Occupy Wall Street in 2011, to “protect Dominican interests”?  Lots of Dominican-Americans live in New York?  But, we digress.)  The undocumented Marines occupied the city until April 21, 1903.  Please note that this political cartoon is from 1904, but since it was such a compelling image, we’ve included it for 1903.  The image shows US President Theodore Roosevelt and his political strategy to carry a “Big Stick” of military might in the Caribbean.

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