The Dominican Restoration War Begins

On August 16, 1863, the Dominican Restoration War began when Dominican hero Gregorio Luperón launched a daring raid to raise the Dominican flag in the nation’s capital.  The Dominicans had won their freedom 17 years earlier, but were recolonized by the Spanish after internal political and economic turmoil.  The bloody and deadly guerilla war lasted for two years on the island nation, and independence was finally acknowledged by Spain on March 3, 1865.

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