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The Dominican Republic's claims to sovereignty, however, did not go unchallenged in the twentieth century.Twice, the United States invaded and occupied the Caribbean island, first from 1916 to 1924, and again in 1965.Guarnizo, " Los Dominicanyorks : The Making of a Binational Society," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Volume 533, 1994, p. Those emigrants, most of whom came to the United States, were the first of many Dominicans who have come in ever-increasing numbers in the past several decades.In the 1980s, immigration to the United States from the Dominican Republic rose to unprecedented levels.Like the other Spanish Caribbean colonies, Santo Domingo, as it was called then, was peopled sparsely by Spanish, Spanish creoles (people of Spanish descent born in the Americas), and relatively small numbers of African and African-descended slaves.Isolated from a distant Spanish monarch, underpopulated, and with little investment from the outside, Santo Domingo languished in comparison to her French and British West Indian neighbors.
African-descended slaves, Spanish colonizers, and Haitian invaders and later laborers, as well as other Europeans, Middle Eastern and Chinese merchants, and immigrants from neighboring Caribbean islands have all contributed to the diverse population and culture of the Dominican Republic.The number of Dominicans legally entering the United States between 19 was far greater than the number of Cubans: indeed, more Dominicans entered the United States in the last decade than any other Western Hemisphere national group except migrants from Mexico (Ruben G.Rumbaut, "The Americans: Latin American and Caribbean Peoples in the United States" in Americas: New Interpretive Essays, p. Despite these numbers, however, Dominican immigrants have been relatively unstudied.In those ten years, more than 250,000 Dominicans were legally admitted to the United States. Census reported that of the 506,000 persons of Dominican descent in the United States, the vast majority were Dominican-born.The number of new immigrants in that ten-year period was 50 percent greater than the entire Dominican-born population of the United States at the start of the decade. Thus the Dominican American community is primarily an immigrant community and, indeed, a community of recent immigrants.